Five Spartans Earn Spots on All-UAA Men’s Tennis Team

Five Spartans Earn Spots on All-UAA Men’s Tennis Team

Headlined by first team berths for sophomore Matthew Chen and freshman Aaron Umen, five members of the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team received All-University Athletic Association honors for their play during the 2018-19 campaign.

Chen and Umen were each named to the All-UAA First Team for their singles play, while sophomore Jonathan Powell secured a second-team nod for his singles play.  Also earning a spot on the second team were Chen and junior Zach Hennessey for their doubles play.  Claiming All-UAA honorable mentions were freshman Chaitanya Aduru for singles and Aduru and Umen for doubles.

Chen played the entirety of the year at no. 1 singles for the Spartans, finishing the campaign with a 14-14 overall record, including an 11-11 mark in dual matches.  He checked in at seventh in the Central Region in the latest NCAA rankings, and recently became the first Spartan player since 2016 to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships.

Umen completed his freshman year with an 18-10 overall singles record, including a 10-5 mark in no. 2 matches.  He was ranked 25th in the Central Region in the latest ITA Rankings, and was second on the team during the year in singles wins.

Powell is the only repeat All-UAA honoree of the group, after claiming an honorable mention last year for his play at no. 2 doubles.  He led all Spartans during the campaign with a 24-3 singles record, and went 19-2 in dual matches, seeing time at a variety of singles positions.  He now holds the best career singles winning percentage in program history at 31-3 (.912), while his 24 wins this year rank as the eighth-most in a single season in program history.

Chen and Hennessey were the team's winningest doubles duo this year, going 22-6 overall, including a 16-5 mark in dual matches and a 2-1 record at the UAA Championships.  The duo went 14-5 in second doubles matches during the year, and won eight of the final 10 matches.

Aduru was 16-4 in singles play during the year, seeing the majority of his time at fifth (7-1) and sixth (4-1) singles.  He went a perfect 3-0 in conference matches and was 14-2 overall in the team's dual matches during the year.

Aduru also teamed with Umen to finish the year with a 17-6 doubles record, including a 14-6 mark at third doubles.  The duo was 3-0 at the UAA Championship in April.

The Spartans finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 21-9 and were ranked 12th in the latest ITA poll after finishing fifth at the UAA Championships.  Chen will be participating in the NCAA Division III Singles Championships from 24th – 26th at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.