No. 12 Spartans Top Hope & Wooster on Saturday

No. 12 Spartans Top Hope & Wooster on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 12th in Division III, picked up a pair of wins on Saturday, defeating Hope College 9-0 and the College of Wooster 7-2 at the Mayfield Village Racquet Club in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

The two wins raised the Spartans' overall record to 18-8 overall for the campaign.

The Spartans and the Flying Dutch of Hope played singles before the doubles in their match, allowing CWRU to jump out to a quick 6-0 lead, with all six matches decided in straight sets.  Playing at third singles, freshman Chaitanya Aduru put the Spartans on the board with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Danny Kroeze.  Freshman Max Vicario followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win at sixth singles over Justin Folkert, and at fifth singles, junior Zach Hennessey defeated Alec Berrodin 6-3, 6-4.  Junior Sam Concannon put CWRU ahead 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Christian Rhodes at fourth singles, and sophomore Matthew Chen clinched the match for the Spartans with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Mark VanderStoep in the no. 1 singles contest.  Wrapping up the singles sweep was freshman Aaron Umen with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Timothy Roe at no. 2 singles.

In doubles action, Vicario and Concannon topped David Bacon and Carter Smiley 8-3 in the third match, Chen and Hennessey bested VanderStoep and Kroeze 8-3 at no. 1 doubles, and Umen and Aduru claimed an 8-5 victory at no. 2 doubles against Roe and Folkert to secure the sweep.

The setback to the Spartans dropped Hope to 10-9 on the year.

The Spartans claimed wins in two of the three doubles matches against Wooster.  CWRU jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind an 8-1 win by freshman Kenneth Boyette and sophomore Aris Jhaveri at third doubles over Ben Schrock and Nebyou Minassie, and an 8-4 win from junior Anthony Kanam and Jonathan Powell at first doubles over Alon Liberman and Austin Hanna.  Wooster picked up a point at second doubles, as Nathan Devereux and Joaquin Abos Amo defeated senior Rob Stroup and sophomore Earl Hsieh 8-5.

In singles play, Jhaveri was first on the board with a 6-0, 6-0 win at sixth singles over Schrock, and Boyette added a 6-4, 6-4 win at fifth singles over Minassie, extending the Spartans' lead to 4-1.  Powell would deliver the match clincher with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at second singles over Liberman.

Adding on to the victory, Kanam secured a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles over Abos Amo, while Hsieh topped Hanna 6-3, 6-3 at fourth singles.  At third singles, Stroup suffered a three-set loss to Devereux, falling 3-6, 6-3, 10-2.

Wooster fell to 7-12 following the loss.

The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow at the Carlton Courts in Cleveland, Ohio against 40th-ranked Oberlin College at 2:00 p.m.  Sunday's match will also mark 'Senior Day' for Case Western Reserve, as the team will recognize Stroup prior to the start of the contest, the team's lone graduating player.