The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday, falling 6-3 to sixth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) in the early contest, and dropping a 9-0 decision to the second-ranked University of Chicago later in the day at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois.
The Spartans got off to an early lead in the opening match against the Bears, winning two of the three doubles matches. In the second doubles contest, sophomore Matthew Chen and junior Zach Hennessey defeated J.J. Kroot and Daniel Li 8-3. The Bears evened the score with a victory at first doubles, as Konrad Kozlowski and Bernardo Neves bested junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell 8-3. However, the CWRU pairing of freshmen Chaitanya Aduru and Aaron Umen put CWRU ahead 2-1 heading into the singles matches with an 8-5 win over Ethan Hillis and Benjamin van der Sman at third doubles.
Washington would pick up victories in the first two singles matches to finish, taking a 3-2 lead behind a 6-4, 6-1 triumph from Kozlowski over Aduru at fifth singles and a 6-4, 6-3 win from Neves over Umen at second singles. The Spartans evened the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 7-5 win from Powell at fourth singles over van der Sman, his 13th-straight singles victory.
However, Powell's point would be the last registered by the Spartans. At first singles, Chen battled tough against Hillis, the top-ranked singles player in the region, but ultimately fell in three sets, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1. At sixth singles, Koki Takabatake bested CWRU junior Sam Concannon 6-3, 7-5, and at third singles, Kanam was edged in three sets by Li, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
Washington improved to 13-4 on the year with the win.
Chicago came out triumphant in all three doubles matches, with Erik Kerrigan and Ninan Kumar defeating Kanam and Powell 8-3 at no. 1 doubles, Joshua Xu and Charlie Pei topping Chen and Hennessey 8-1 at no. 2 doubles, and Jeremy Yuan and Max Liu picking up an 8-5 victory at no. 3 doubles.
Chicago extended its advantage in singles play, with Chen falling to Kerrigan 6-2, 6-2 at no. 1 singles, followed by a 6-2, 6-4 loss by Aduru to Alejandro Rodriguez at sixth singles to clinch the victory.
Adding onto the win, Pei defeated Kanam 6-4, 6-2 at third singles, Yuan bested Umen 7-6, 6-3 at second singles, Powell suffered a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 setback to Xu at fourth singles, and Concannon fell at fifth singles to Alex Huzhva 6-7, 6-4, 10-5.
Chicago improved to 14-1 with the win.
The Spartans will be back in action next Friday afternoon, April 19th, returning home to the Carlton Courts in Cleveland, Ohio to host Oberlin College at 4:30 p.m.