The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team claimed an 8-1 win over 40th-ranked Oberlin College at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Spartans improved to 7-7 against nationally-ranked Division III teams this year, and raised their record to 19-8 overall with their fourth-straight victory. Oberlin dropped to 8-11 overall with the loss.
Prior to the start of the match, Case Western Reserve recognized senior Rob Stroup, the team's lone graduating senior player, with a special 'Senior Day' ceremony. Stroup currently has the fourth-most singles victories in program history with a 66-48 career mark. This season, he stands at 15-8 overall in singles matches, marking his fourth-straight year of 15 or more singles victories.
Stroup played a key role in the victory on Sunday, teaming with Anthony Kanam to pick up an 8-7 (2) win at third doubles over Matthew Gittings and Camron Cohen. Other doubles victories came from sophomores Matthew Chen and Jonathan Powell, who defeated Elliot Nuss and James Gill 8-4 at no. 1 doubles, and freshmen Aaron Umen and Chaitanya Aduru, who topped Stephen Gruppuso and Zachary Vaughn 8-6 at no. 2 doubles.
Powell notched the first singles win of the day for the Spartans, picking up a 6-0, 6-2 win at fourth singles over Gill. Shortly thereafter, Aduru clinched the match for Case Western Reserve with a 6-2, 6-0 win at sixth singles over Sam Topper.
Junior Sam Concannon extended the Spartans' lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win at fifth singles over Nuss, and junior Anthony Kanam followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Vaughn at third singles. Rounding out the day, Umen secured a 6-2, 6-3 win at second singles over Cohen, and Chen suffered a 6-3, 7-6 (6) setback at first singles to Gruppuso.
Case Western Reserve will now turn its attention towards the 2019 University Athletic Association Championships, scheduled to be played from Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Spring, Florida. Seedings and matchups for the eight-team tournament will be released by the conference on Monday, and posted to athletics.case.edu when they are made available.