No. 12 Men’s Tennis to Face Top Competition at ITA Indoor Nationals

No. 12 Men’s Tennis to Face Top Competition at ITA Indoor Nationals

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked 12th in Division III, will participate in the 2020 ITA Indoor National Championships this weekend, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Spartans, seeded seventh in the tournament, will open play against nationally second-ranked and second-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow the action throughout the weekend with live results at https://gustavus.edu/athletics/mt/live/xlive.htm. There will also be live video, available from the official tournament website at https://gustavus.edu/athletics/mt/2020ITAIndoor/.

The Spartans will enter the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record during their spring campaign, following 9-0 wins over Wooster and Oberlin last Friday. CWRU is 95-30 (.760) in singles matches this season, and are 57-15 (.792) in doubles contests, including a perfect 15-0 in doubles matches this spring. The team's lineup features the top-ranked doubles pairing in Division III in first-year James Hopper and junior Matthew Chen (16-1), while Hopper (18-1) is the fifth-ranked singles player in Division III and Chen (11-4) is ranked 22nd.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 7-0 in 2020, and is coming off a second-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships. The team's lineup features five nationally-ranked singles players in senior Nikolai Parodi (third), junior Jack Katzman (fourth), first-year Ian Freer (26th), senior Daniel Park (31st) and sophomore Nic Meister (42nd), along with Division III's 23rd-ranked doubles pairing of junior Robert Liu and Katzman.

Friday's match will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2013 Stag-Hen Invitational, when the Spartans suffered a 9-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The winner of Friday's match between CWRU and CMS will advance to the semifinals at 9:30 AM ET on Saturday, February 22 to face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between fourth-ranked and third-seeded Chicago and 11th-ranked and sixth-seeded Kenyon. The two losing teams will face off in the consolation semifinals at 4:30 PM ET on Saturday.

The two quarterfinal matches on the other side of the draw include eighth-ranked and fourth-seeded Brandeis against ninth-ranked and fifth-seeded Washington University (Mo.) and top-ranked and top-seeded Emory against 20th-ranked and eighth seeded Gustavus Adolphus.

The championship match is scheduled 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 23. The third-, fifth-, and seventh-place matches on Sunday will either start at 10:00 AM ET or 12:30 PM ET, depending on travel schedules for the squads involved.

Results and a recap of each match that the Spartans play in will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition each day.