#12 Spartans Sweep Wooster & Oberlin on Friday

#12 Spartans Sweep Wooster & Oberlin on Friday

The 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team continued its strong start to the 2020 campaign, picking up 9-0 wins over a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference programs - the College of Wooster and Oberlin College – at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday.

With the two wins, CWRU has now won each of its first five matches of the campaign, and will head into next weekend's ITA Indoor National Championships with a perfect 5-0 record.

The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 start against Wooster on Friday, sweeping the three doubles contests. Junior Neil Mabee and senior Anthony Kanam were the first to finish, claiming an 8-0 win at third doubles over Alex Drewes and Nivaan Lobo. First-years James Hopper and John Kasner followed with an 8-5 win at no. 2 doubles against Nathan Devereux and Joaquin Abos Amo, and senior Zach Hennessey and junior Matthew Chen capped off the sweep with an 8-3 win over Austin Hanna and Alon Liberman.

Sophomore Max Vicario opened singles play against the Scots with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win over Lobo, and Kanam would then clinch the match for the Spartans with a 6-0, 6-0 win at fifth singles over Nebyou Minassie. At fourth singles, sophomore Chaitanya Aduru bested Devereux 6-0, 6-2, and sophomore Aaron Umen extended the lead to 7-0 with a 6-4, 6-0 win in the third singles match. To cap off the victory, Hopper picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at no. 1 singles over Liberman, and Chen claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hanna at second singles.

Wooster dropped to 1-1 on the season following the loss.

Later in the day against Oberlin, CWRU would again sweep the doubles matches. At no. 1 doubles, the duo of Hopper and Chen topped Camron Cohen and Sean Billerbeck 8-3, while junior Jonathan Powell and Mabee secured an 8-5 victory against Stephen Gruppuso at no. 2 doubles, and Hennessey and Aduru bested James Dill and Ben Echikson 8-1 at no. 3 doubles.

The Spartans have not lost a doubles match so far in the spring, going 15-0 through their first five matches of the campaign.

CWRU continued to roll in singles play. At first singles, Chen bested Gruppuso 6-2, 6-2, and Umen defeated Cohen in three sets 6-1, 5-7, 10-5. Kanam earned a 6-1, 6-0 win against Dill at third singles, and Aduru secured a 6-0, 6-1 win over Nuss at fourth singles. Rounding out the win, Vicario defeated Billerbeck 6-1, 7-5 in the fifth singles match and first-year Diego Maza topped Echikson 6-0, 7-5 at sixth singles.

Oberlin's record fell to 1-3 after the setback.

Case Western Reserve will now turn its attention to the 2020 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor National Championships next weekend, which will feature a field consisting of eight of the top-20 ranked men's teams in Division III. The Spartans, seeded seventh in the tournament, will open play against second-seeded and nationally second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday. More information on the ITA Indoor Nationals will be posted to athletics.case.edu next week.