Five CWRU Men’s Tennis Players Claim All-UAA Honors

CWRU's five 2020 All-UAA honorees from left to right - Matthew Chen, James Hopper, Aaron Umen, Anthony Kanam and Neil Mabee

Five members of the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team were named to the All-University Athletic Association Team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Matthew Chen (second singles), first-year James Hopper (first singles) and sophomore Aaron Umen (third singles) each earned recognition for their singles play. Chen and Hopper were also named to the All-UAA Team for their play at no. 1 doubles, while senior Anthony Kanam and junior Neil Mabee earned recognition for their play at no. 2/3 doubles.

This was the second-straight season that Chen has been named to the All-UAA Team for his play at both singles and doubles. Umen earned his second-straight all-conference singles honor, while Mabee and Kanam were each also honorable mentions for their doubles play in 2018.

Chen went 16-8 overall in singles play in 2019-20, including a 9-4 mark in the Spring, with records of 5-0 at no. 1 singles and 4-4 at no. 2 singles. He finished the campaign ranked 41st in Division III and 10th in the Central Region. After his junior season, Chen's 48 career singles wins rank him 13th all-time in the program's history.

Hopper finished the campaign ranked seventh in Division III and second in the Central Region, after notching an overall record of 21-4 during the year. He claimed the ITA Fall Central Region Championship, becoming the first player in program history to claim a victory at the tournament, and went on to finish fifth in the Division III draw at the ITA Cup. Hopper played at no. 1 singles throughout the spring for the Spartans, going 5-3.

Umen led all Spartans in singles victories during the year, going 22-3 overall. He was 13-1 in dual matches, including a perfect 9-0 as the team's third singles player. Umen was ranked 50th in Division III and 13th in the region in 2020.

Hopper and Chen ended the year as the top-ranked doubles team in all of Division III. The duo won the ITA Cup Division III Doubles National Championship in the fall, and finished the season with a 24-2 doubles record together. Each totaled 31 doubles wins (including victories with other partners) in 2019-20, falling just two victories shy of the program's single-season record, despite losing nearly half of their spring campaign.

Kanam and Mabee were 10-0 together in the spring, including a 4-0 record at no. 2 doubles and a 6-0 mark at no. 3 doubles. The duo ended the campaign ranked 12th in the Central Region.

Unlike previous years, where first-, second-, and honorable mention All-UAA teams were selected, there was only one All-UAA team recognized in 2019-20, due to the shortened season.

Case Western Reserve completed the 2020 spring season with an 18-1 record in dual matches, and was ninth in the last Division III team rankings, released on March 13.