Spartan Women Defeat Hope 6-3 in Battle of Regionally-Ranked Teams

(L-R):  Erika and Alexandra Lim
(L-R): Erika and Alexandra Lim

OBERLIN, Ohio – The No. 10-regionally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team won its eighth-consecutive dual match and improved its record to 14-2 overall via a 6-3 victory versus No. 15 regionally-ranked Hope College (Mich.) on Friday at the Don Hunsinger Courts. The match was the Spartans' first in nearly a month on the first of the two-day Central Region Shootout at Oberlin College.

The Spartans return to the courts tomorrow with a pair of matches during the final day of the Shootout. Case will do battle with No. 21 regionally-ranked Kalamazoo College (Mich.) on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. before taking on the Albion College (Mich.) Britons at 1:00 p.m.

In doubles, Hope jumped out to a 2-1 advantage. The Spartans gained their lone point from the No. 5 regionally-ranked sister duo of junior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) in the No. 1 flight, as the sisters were victorious by an 8-1 count over Carli Capestany and Leah LaBarge.

Undaunted, Case won five-of-six singles matches all in straight sets en route to the victory. In a matchup of regionally-ranked singles players, No. 9 Erika Lim defeated No. 13 Capestany by a 6-3, 6-3 count, while freshman Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) took the point at No. 2 by a 6-3, 6-2 tally over LaBarge.

Junior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0), Alexandra Lim came out with a victory at No. 4 (7-5, 6-3) and sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) collected the fifth singles' point for the Spartans at No. 6 (6-3, 6-2).