As part of our 'Spartan Stories,' each Thursday, we'll be taking a look at some of the top moments for each CWRU team during the 2019-20 year. This week, we're taking a look at junior Matthew Chen and first-year James Hopper's win at the ITA Cup on October 19, 2019.
After becoming the first duo in program history to win the ITA Fall Regional Doubles Championship, Chen and Hopper earned their way into the championship match of the ITA Fall Nationals with a pair of three set wins. In the quarterfinals, Chen and Hopper bested Sebastian Castillo-Sanchez and Andrew Imrie of RPI in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 11-9, fending off three match points. Later in the day, the pair fought their way to another three-set win, this time upending the tournament's top-seeded team of Peter Frelinghuysen and Alex Taylor of Williams 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-3. In the title match, Chen and Hopper, who were seeded third overall in the draw, defeated the second-seeded duo of Bradley Cummins and Brysi Libao of Redlands 7-6 (7), 6-7 (8), 6-4.
Despite the spring being cut short, Chen and Hopper each went on to finish the 2019-20 season with a 31-2 doubles record, just two victories shy of the program record.
CWRU's Alex Gould and video producer Chris Heermann tell the full story of the National Championship in the video below:
To view all of our Spartan Stories, go to https://athletics.case.edu/general/2019-20/releases/20200330fk1oeq.