Wojtkowski Earns 200th Win as No. 9 Men’s Tennis Sweeps Two Matches to Begin Spring Break Trip

Todd Wojtkowski watches his team during a match against Wooster

The ninth-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team swept two matches on Sunday afternoon at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida to begin its spring break trip. The Spartans defeated Occidental College 7-2 and Hampden-Sydney College 9-0. The two wins give Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski 200 as the men's tennis coach at CWRU, as he has now compiled a 200-101 record in his 12 seasons with the program.

Case Western Reserve improves to 12-1 on the season, while Occidental falls to 4-2 and HSC drops to 0-4.

Against HSC, the Spartans swept the doubles matches. Sophomore Max Vicario and first-year Diego Maza won 8-0 at third doubles over Andrew Donelson and Zander Theoharis, junior Aris Jhaveri and senior Henry Squire defeated Clark Cummings and Grayson Burns at second doubles 8-1, and junior Earl Hsieh and first-year John Kasner defeated Matthew Moody and Michael Moody at first doubles in a hard-fought 8-7 match.

CWRU swept the singles matches as well. Vicario defeated Matthew Moody 6-3, 6-3 at first singles, Jhaveri bested Michael Moody 6-2, 6-2 at second singles, and Maza beat Cummings 6-0, 6-2 at third singles. At fourth singles, Hsieh won over Donelson 6-0, 6-1, while at fifth singles Kasner beat Zander Theoharis 6-2, 6-0. Squire defeated Patrick Conde 6-0, 6-0 at sixth singles.

In the contest against Occidental, Case Western Reserve won two of the three doubles matches, with first-year James Hopper and junior Matthew Chen securing a hard-fought 8-7 win at first doubles over Lucas Chmielewski and Matthew O'Connor and seniors Anthony Kanam and Zach Hennessey pulling off an 8-5 win at third doubles over Vincent Bartholomew and Ivan Derrick. The Spartans' lone loss was at second doubles, where juniors Jonathan Powell and Neil Mabee fell to David Zhang and Luke Williams 8-5.

In singles play, the Spartans won the first three matches to clinch the team match. At first singles Hopper defeated Chmielewski 7-5, 6-0, at fifth singles Kanam beat Christian Anderson 6-2, 6-1, and at sixth singles sophomore Chaitanya Aduru defeated Seth Lipe 6-2, 6-2. Case Western Reserve won all but one of the other singles matches, with sophomore Aaron Umen defeating O'Connor at third singles 6-2, 7-5, Powell besting Williams at fourth singles 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). Chen fell to Zhang in the second singles match in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-10.

After taking tomorrow off, the Spartans face a pair of opponents on Tuesday, March 10. At 11:30 a.m. the team faces No. 13 Carnegie Mellon, while at 3 p.m. CWRU matches up against Lehigh, a Division I university.

The Tartans, who are 5-2 this season and face Ithaca later today and No. 16 Kenyon tomorrow, feature Ray Boppana, ranked as the 35th best singles player in Division III and the seventh best in the Atlantic South Region. The Mountain Hawks are 3-3 this season and match up against James Madison later today and Bentley on Monday before taking on Case Western Reserve.