#12 Men’s Tennis with Four Matches this Week, including Senior Day

#12 Men’s Tennis with Four Matches this Week, including Senior Day

The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team will be back in action this weekend with four matches, hosting Division II Walsh University on Thursday, April 18th at 4:00 p.m at the Carlton Courts, followed by a pair of matches in Oberlin, Ohio on Saturday, April 20th at 8:30 a.m. against the College of Wooster and Hope College, and returning home to host Oberlin College for 'Senior Day' on Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m.

Fans can follow the action at all four matches with live stats at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/live.  As always, dates, times and locations of the matches are subject to change due to weather.

Sunday's match against Oberlin (which was originally scheduled for Friday but moved due to weather concerns) will mark 'Senior Day' for the Spartans, as the team will be honoring its graduating member, Rob Stroup.  Stroup will begin the week tied for the fourth-most singles victories in program history with a 66-47 career mark.  In addition, his .584 winning percentage as the 20th-best ever by a Spartan player.  Including in his career record was an 18-10 mark during the 2016-17 campaign, tied for the 21st-most in a single year by a CWRU men's tennis player.  This season, he stands at 15-7 overall in singles matches, marking his fourth-straight year of 15 or more singles victories.

The Spartans, ranked 12th nationally and fifth in the Central Region, will begin the week with a 15-8 overall record during their 2019 spring campaign.  As a team, CWRU has recorded a .673 winning percentage (150-73) in singles matches and a .743 winning percentage (101-35) in doubles matches.  Sophomore Matthew Chen is the seventh-ranked singles player in the region, while freshman Aaron Umen is ranked 25th.  The Spartans also feature a pair of regionally-ranked doubles pairings in the duos of no. 6 junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell, and no. 12 Chen and junior Zach Hennessey.  Powell leads the team in singles wins this season, and will come into the week's slate of matches with a 20-3 record.

Walsh stands at 4-16 overall on the season, including a 2-12 mark in road matches.  However, the Cavaliers have won each of the last two matches, claiming a 4-1 win over Davis & Elkins, and a 4-2 victory over Cedarville.

Oberlin, ranked 40th in Division III and 10th in the Central Region, has a 7-10 overall record on the year, including a 1-5 record in road matches.  The Yeomen are led by Stephen Gruppuso, who is the 23rd-ranked singles player in the region, and teams with Camron Cohen to form the 11th-ranked doubles duo.

Hope will enter Saturday's match as the 17th-ranked team in the Central Region, and holds an 8-7 overall record, including a 2-4 neutral site record.  The team is scheduled to play both Albion and Kalamazoo before facing the Spartans on Saturday.

Wooster stands at 7-10 overall and 3-4 in neutral-site matches.  The Fighting Scots are coming off an 8-1 win at home against Allegheny last Saturday.