No. 12 Men’s Tennis Seeded Fifth at UAAs; Will Face #9 Brandeis in Quarterfinals

No. 12 Men’s Tennis Seeded Fifth at UAAs; Will Face #9 Brandeis in Quarterfinals

No. 12 Case Western Reserve University has been seeded fifth for the 2019 University Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championships, and will face fourth seeded and nationally ninth-ranked Brandeis University in the quarterfinals of the conference championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida on Friday, April 26th at 8:30 a.m.

Fans can follow the action on Friday with live results at http://www.enrollment.cmu.edu/athletics/msoccer/xlive.htm.

Other first round matchups include top-seeded and nationally second-ranked Chicago against eighth-seeded and 34th-ranked Rochester, second-seeded and third-ranked Emory against seventh-seeded New York University, and third-seeded and sixth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) against sixth-seeded and 15th-ranked Carnegie Mellon.  Each of the quarterfinal matches are scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start on Friday.

Should the Spartans win, they will advance to the UAA Semifinals on Saturday, April 27th at 12:30 p.m., facing the winner of the Chicago-Rochester match.  A loss would put the Spartans in the consolation semifinals against the losing team of the Chicago-Rochester contest.  The UAA Championship, Third-Place, Fifth-Place and Seventh-Place matches are all scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th.

As is usually the case, the UAA Championship field will feature some of the toughest competition in Division III, with seven of the eight teams ranked nationally, and all eight featured in the latest regional rankings.  Individually, 19 players scheduled to compete this weekend are ranked regionally for singles play, in addition to 13 ranked doubles pairings.

Case Western Reserve, ranked fifth in the Central Region, will carry a 19-8 overall record into the UAA Championships, including a 7-7 record against nationally-ranked opponents.  The Spartans will enter the weekend on a four-match winning streak, including an 8-1 win over 40th-ranked Oberlin College on Sunday.  As a team, Case Western Reserve has a 171-76 singles record, good for a .692 winning percentage, and a 112-36 mark in doubles play (.757 winning percentage).  The Spartans lineup features a pair of regionally-ranked singles players in seventh-ranked sophomore Matthew Chen and 25th-ranked freshman Aaron Umen, and two regional ranked doubles pairings in no. 6 junior Anthony Kanam and sophomore Jonathan Powell, and no. 12 Chen and junior Zach Hennessey.  Powell also leads the Spartans in singles wins this season with a 23-3 record.

Brandeis will enter the UAA Championships with a 14-3 record, and is ranked fifth in the Northeast Region.  The Judges are 92-58 (.613) in singles matches this year and 59-21 (.738) in doubles action.  The team's lineup has two regionally-ranked singles players in 12th-ranked junior David Aizenberg and 22nd-ranked sophomore Anupreeth Coramutla, and two regionally-ranked doubles teams in the sixth-ranked duo of Aizenberg and Coramutla, and the 14th-ranked pairing of freshmen Adam Tzeng and Jeffrey Chen.

The contest between CWRU and Brandeis will be a rematch of the UAA Fifth-Place Match from last year, when the Spartans topped the Judges 6-3.  The Spartans trailed 2-1 after doubles play, but picked up key singles wins from Kanam in the no. 3 match, junior Sam Concannon in the no. 4 match, and Powell in the no. 5 match to claim the victory.  This will be the fifth-consecutive year that the Spartans and Judges have met in the UAA Championships, with CWRU winning three of the four matchups.

Results and a full recap of the match will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Friday.