No. 9 Men’s Tennis Defeats Ithaca 9-0

Anthony Kanam hits a forehand shot.

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team, ranked ninth in Division III, beat Ithaca College 9-0 on Monday afternoon in Orlando, Florida on the USTA Campus on the second day of its spring break trip. The Spartans improve to 13-1 on the season, while the Bombers fall to 0-4. The win was the Spartans' eighth straight and third during their spring break trip.

Case Western Reserve swept the three doubles matches. First-year James Hopper and junior Neil Mabee defeated Liam Spiegel and Colten Lavery at first doubles 8-1, sophomores Chaitanya Aduru and Aaron Umen teamed up at second doubles to defeat Sam Fried and George Lomas 8-2, and first-year John Kasner and senior Zach Hennessey won 8-2 at third doubles over Artem Khaybullin and Max Sobel.

In singles play, CWRU did not drop a set. Junior Jonathan Powell was victorious at first singles 6-1, 6-0 over Lavery, senior Anthony Kanam beat Spiegel at second singles 6-0, 6-2, and sophomore Max Vicario bested Fried 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. At fourth singles, junior Aris Jhaveri beat Lomas 6-1, 6-3, while at fifth singles junior Earl Hsieh defeated Khaybullin 6-0, 6-1. Senior Henry Squire topped off the win with a win over Sobel, 6-0, 6-0.

Up next, 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 6-3 this season, 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 3-4 this season and match up against Bentley today before taking on Case Western Reserve.