OBERLIN, Ohio - In its first action of the 2010-11 season, the Case Western Reserve women's tennis team posted a 25-12 combined record at the Oberlin College Invitational this past weekend (Friday-Sunday, September 17-19). Playing on Oberlin's Don Hunsinger Courts, the Spartans got a glimpse of the future as three freshmen athletes went undefeated in match play.
Sophomore Erika Lim's (Fullerton, CA/Fullerton Union) 6-4, 6-2 victory versus Oberlin's Ariel Lewis on Saturday was, perhaps, the top highlight of the tournament. Lewis is a two-time NCAA qualifier and one of the top-ranked players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region.
Three freshmen, Evelyn Qi (Tampa, FL/C. Leon King), Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and Theresa Smetona (Shaker Heights, OH/Laurel School) also impressed with undefeated weekends in their collegiate debuts. Each rookie completed the tourney with a 3-0 singles mark.
"For the women, I think that the team proved very strong this weekend going up against the likes of Oberlin College, Kenyon College, Denison University, Tiffin University and Allegheny College (PA)," said head coach Todd Wojtkowski. "Several freshmen went undefeated, but Erika [Lim] was the most impressive in defeating Lewis, a No. 1 from Oberlin who ended last year nationally-ranked."
Lim and sophomore Emily Pham (Mason, OH/William Mason) teamed up for a 2-0 doubles record throughout the three-day event, while four other Case pairs went 1-0. Over the span of the tournament, Case sported a 10-2 record in doubles matches.
The team will return home for the upcoming weekend to host three Ohio Athletic Conference opponents, including a dual match doubleheader on Saturday, September 25 against Baldwin-Wallace College at 9:00 a.m. and John Carroll University at 2:00 p.m. Case also will square off versus the University of Mount Union on Sunday, September 26 to cap a busy weekend home stand.