No. 12 Men’s Tennis Completes Perfect Opening Weekend with Wins over Rose-Hulman & Hope

No. 12 Men’s Tennis Completes Perfect Opening Weekend with Wins over Rose-Hulman & Hope

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 12th in Division III, picked up two more wins on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7-2 and Hope College 9-0 in Holland, Michigan, completing a perfect opening weekend of play.

The Spartans have now opened their spring campaign with a 3-0 record, including the two wins on Saturday, and a 9-0 victory over the University of Northwestern Ohio (ranked 23rd in the NAIA) on Friday night in Toledo.

CWRU swept through the three doubles matches against Rose-Hulman, with junior Matthew Chen and first-year John Kasner putting the Spartans ahead 1-0 with an 8-3 win over Andrew Schiffman and Mark Slaninka at third doubles, junior Neil Mabee and sophomore Chaitanya Aduru besting Joseph Conrad and Josh Giambattista 8-5 at second doubles, and first-year James Hopper and junior Jonathan Powell securing the sweep with an 8-4 win over Ian Landwehr and Austin Perry at first doubles.

The bottom of the Spartans' order would quickly lock up the victory, as sophomore Max Vicario bested Grant Stamper in the fifth singles match, 6-2, 6-0, and junior Aris Jhaveri clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Giambattista at sixth singles.

Junior Earl Hsieh added on to the Spartans point total, topping Schiffman 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth singles match. CWRU's first setback of the day came at first singles, where sophomore Aaron Umen fell to Landwehr 6-3, 6-4, but senior Anthony Kanam followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Perry at second singles. At third singles, first-year Diego Maza dropped a third-set tiebreaker to Conrad, falling 3-6, 7-6, 10-7.

Saturday's match was the season-opener for Rose-Hulman, which dropped to 0-1 on the season with the loss.

Case Western Reserve picked up its third-straight doubles sweep to open the season in its second match of the day against Hope. At first singles, Hopper and Chen topped Danny Kroeze and Jacob Burkett 8-0, and Mabee and Powell picked up an 8-1 win over Alec Berrodin and Paul Washington at second doubles. At third doubles, Kanam and Kasner bested Asher Jones and Michael Hoffman 8-2.

Moving to singles, Powell made quick work of Berrodin in the second match, 6-0, 6-0, to extend the Spartans' lead to 4-0, and Kasner locked in the victory with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Tyler Stafford at fifth singles. Other wins came from senior Henry Squire at sixth singles over Matt Henkel, 6-1, 6-0, Jhaveri at fourth singles over Tyler Koran, 6-1, 6-1, and Maza at third singles over Cameron Coates, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. At no. 1 singles, Chen battled back from an early deficit to best Burkett 6-7, 6-4, 11-9 and complete the sweep.

Hope fell to 1-4 on the campaign with the loss to the Spartans.

The Spartans will return to Cleveland for a pair of matches as the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion next Friday, February 14, as the team will take on Wooster at 1:00 p.m. and Oberlin at 5:00 p.m.