Chen & Hopper Win Top-Flight at Villanova Invitational

Chen & Hopper Win Top-Flight at Villanova Invitational

Case Western Reserve University junior Matthew Chen and freshman James Hopper claimed the championship in the main draw at the Villanova Invitational in Villanova, Pennsylvania over the weekend, leading the Spartans during a strong start to the team's opening weekend of the fall season.

The tournament format featured a number of flight, with opponents sorted into doubles teams.  Each team would face off in a doubles match, with the individuals then playing each other in a singles contest.  The team that won two of the three matches advanced to the next round.  Most of the teams competing at the event were NCAA Division I programs.

Hopper went a perfect 4-0 in singles matches during the first tournament of his collegiate career, and teamed with Chen to go 4-0 in doubles contests.  The won their flight with a 3-0 victory over Villanova's Tyler Roth and Alex Kim in the championship match with a 6-2 doubles win and a 6-1, 6-2 triumph for Hopper over Kim.  Chen won his final match of the tournament by default.

Senior Sam Concannon and sophomore Aaron Umen placed seventh in the main draw, while juniors Aris Jhaveri and Earl Hsieh finished fifth in the second flight, while freshman Diego Maza and sophomore Max Vicario placed ninth in the second flight.

The Spartans finished the weekend with a combined 11-5 doubles record and a 22-9 mark in singles contests.

The Spartans will be back in action over the weekend, splitting the squad between the Rocket Invitational in Toledo, Ohio and the Oberlin Invitational in Oberlin, Ohio.