Spartans Send Two Singles Players & Two Doubles Pairings to ITA Semifinals

Spartans Send Two Singles Players & Two Doubles Pairings to ITA Semifinals

Case Western Reserve University's successful weekend at the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Central Region Championships continued on Saturday, as junior Matthew Chen and first-year James Hopper each reached the semifinals of the singles draw.  In addition, Chen and Hopper teamed up to make the semifinals of the doubles draw, along with senior Zach Hennessey and junior Jonathan Powell.

Chen and Hopper, seeded fifth in the draw, opened play on Saturday with an 8-0 win over Earlham's Jason Lawson and Joaquin Lerner in the round of 16.  Then, in the quarterfinals, the Spartans' duo secured an upset over Chicago's Erik Kerrigan and Ninan Kumar, defeating the top-seeded duo in the draw 8-4 to move on to Sunday's semifinals.

On the other half of the doubles draw, Hennessey and Powell, also seeded fifth, bested Oberlin's Camron Cohen and Stephen Gruppuso 8-3 in the round of 16, before topping Washington University's duo of Jonathan Kroot and Luke Smith in the quarterfinals.

Chen and Hopper will take on Washington's Bernardo Neves and Ben van der Sman (seeded fourth) in the semifinals, while Hennessey and Powell will face Chicago's Tyler Raclin and Joshua Xu (seeded third).  Both doubles semifinal matches are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, to be followed by the championship at 10:00 a.m.

In the singles draw, Hopper topped ninth seeded Timothy Cianciola, seeded ninth overall, 6-4, 6-7, before eliminating the top-overall seed in the draw, Washington's Ethan Hillis, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.  Chen, the seventh overall seed, defeated ninth-seeded Vlad Rotnov of Denison, 7-5, 6-2, before coming from behind for a quarterfinals win over van der Sman, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Hopper will now face Washington's Daniel Li (seeded ninth) in the semifinals at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, while Chen will take on Kenyon's Jake Zalenski (seeded second) on the other side of the draw, also at 10:30 a.m.  The winners will then play for the regional singles title at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Winners of the championship singles and doubles matches on Sunday will move on to the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia from October 17 -20.

Also on Saturday in singles, sophomore Chaitanya Aduru lost to Principia's Daniel Felipe Gomez Espinel in a third set tiebreaker, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (9), and sophomore Aaron Umen lost 6-4, 6-2 to Zalenski, both in the round of 16.

Full draws and results are available at https://hornets.kzoo.edu/sports/mten/2019-20/2019-M-ITA.

Results and a recap from the final day of play at the ITA Championships will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of play on Sunday.  In addition, results and a recap from the Oberlin Invitational in Oberlin, Ohio, where the remainder of the CWRU men's tennis team will be competing on Sunday, will be posted to the website by the end of the day.