#9 Spartans Wrap-Up Weekend with Wins over #34 Hobart & Rochester

#9 Spartans Wrap-Up Weekend with Wins over #34 Hobart & Rochester

The ninth-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team picked up two more wins on Sunday, defeating 34th-ranked Hobart College and the University of Rochester, each by 9-0 scores.

CWRU improved to 10-1 overall following the two victories.

The Spartans swept through their three doubles matches against Hobart. In the first doubles match, first-year James Hopper and junior Matthew Chen claimed an 8-4 win over Walker Anderson and Alan Dubrovsky, ranked 15th in Division III. At second doubles, junior Jonathan Powell and senior Zach Hennessey defeated Kaan Ayman and Harry Lyu 8-7, and senior Anthony Kanam and junior Neil Mabee secured an 8-5 win over Colin Molloy and Jett Wright in the third doubles match.

The top two singles matches were each decided in three sets. Chen was able to pull out a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Dubrovsky at no. 1 singles, and sophomore Aaron Umen battled back for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win against Ayman. Both Powell and sophomore Chaitanya Aduru picked up straight-set wins, with the former besting Anderson 6-3, 7-5 at no. 3 singles and the latter topping Lyu 7-5, 6-4 at no. 4 singles. Kanam would claim a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win in the fifth-singles match over Jack Ledford, and sophomore Max Vicario defeated Jeremy Hunter 6-1, 6-2 at sixth singles.

The win over Hobart marked the Spartans' third this season against a nationally-ranked Division III team, as the Spartans improved to 3-1 against national top-40 opponents. The Statesmen fell to 2-2 overall following the loss.

CWRU once again swept all three doubles matches against Rochester, marking the ninth time through 11 matches this season that the team has accomplished the feat. Hopper and Chen bested Runjia Fang and Mark Zolotukhin 8-2 at no. 1 doubles, Powell and Mabee secured an 8-1 win at no. 2 doubles over Pasquale Procaccino and Matt Resnikoff, and Hennessey and Aduru defeated Tanmay Thakkar and Yifan Shen 8-2 at no. 3 doubles.

Umen played at first singles for the Spartans against Rochester, claiming his seventh-straight win and improving to 17-3 overall this season with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Runjia Fang. Powell earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Procaccino at no. 2 singles, and Aduru claimed a 6-3, 6-0 win against Shen at third singles. At fourth singles, Kanam bested Kai Yuminaga 6-1, 6-1, Vicario topped Thakkar at fifth singles 6-2, 6-4, and junior Aris Jhaveri earned a sixth-singles win over Connor Wagner, 6-4, 6-1.

Rochester dropped to 3-5 overall following the loss.

Case Western Reserve will now turn its attention towards its Spring Break trip to Orlando, Florida from March 8 – 11. Key matches on the trip include contests against no. 6 Wesleyan and no. 13 Carnegie Mellon. The Spartans will begin their Spring Break trip with matches against Occidental at 8:00 a.m. and Hampden-Sydney at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.