Spartan Women Cruise to Pair of 9-0 Victories During Final Day of Central Region Shootout

(L-R): Kat Evers and Bianca Patel
(L-R): Kat Evers and Bianca Patel

OBERLIN, Ohio – Coming off of a 6-3 team victory Friday, the No. 10-regionally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team posted a pair of 9-0 wins versus No. 21 regionally-ranked Kalamazoo College (Mich.) and Albion College (Mich.) at the Don Hunsinger Courts. The two matches were part of the final day of the Central Region Shootout at Oberlin College.

With the victories, the Spartans improve to 16-2 overall in dual matches with 10-straight wins.

Against Kalamazoo (2-11), Case jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead during doubles play. The No. 1 tandem of junior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim won 8-3; the No. 2 team of junior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and freshman Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) and the No. 3 duo of junior Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each won by identical 8-0 scores.

In singles play, the Spartans picked up six straight-set wins surrendering a total of only 10 games with No. 9 regionally-ranked Erika Lim at No. 1 (6-1, 6-2), Bonanno at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), Pham at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0) and Alexandra Lim at No. 4 (6-3, 6-2). Evers and Patel each won by 6-1, 6-0 tallies at No. 5 and No. 6.

Versus Albion (8-4), the Spartans once again didn't lose a set. Erica Lim was victorious at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-2), while Bonanno cruised during her opening set before having to win an extra game during her final se, 7-5, to claim the team point. Pham won at No. 3 (6-2, 6-0), while Alexandra Lim claimed her point at No. 4 by set scores of 6-4 and 6-2. Evers had little trouble at No. 5 (6-0, 6-0) and Patel completed the sweep at No. 6 (6-0, 6-2).

In doubles, the tandems of the Lim sisters at No. 1 (8-0), Bonanno and Pham at No. 2 (8-4) and Evers and Patel at No. 3 (9-7) completed the perfect day.

Case has a week off from action before its travels to University Athletic Association foe the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday, April 14 to compete in a tri-match featuring three regionally-ranked teams. The Spartans will square off with Washington University-St. Louis, ranked No. 3 regionally, at 11:00 a.m., before turning around to play host Chicago, the Central region's top-ranked team, at 4:00 p.m.