CHICAGO – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team saw its 10-match win streak snapped versus a pair of nationally-ranked University Athletic Association opponents on Saturday at the Stagg Field Courts. The Spartans lost to No. 11 Washington University-St. Louis, 5-2, and No. 6 University of Chicago, 9-0.
The Spartans (16-4 overall) hadn't dropped a match since a 7-0 decision at Division I Cleveland State University on February 19. Case now concludes one of the best regular seasons in school history this coming week in preparation for the UAA Championship at the end of the month.
The Spartans play their final regular season match next Saturday, April 21 versus Wittenberg University on campus of Walsh University at 10:00 a.m. in Canton, Ohio.
Versus No. 11 Washington-St. Louis, the Spartans lone doubles point came from the No. 2 tandem of freshman Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) and junior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) with an 8-4 victory.
In singles play, the Bears recorded victories in the top-three singles flights for the team victory. Before those concluded, freshman Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) bested Washington's Paige Madara at No. 4 by a 6-2, 6-3 score for the Spartans' second team point.
Against host Chicago (15-4), the Maroons secured all three doubles points with the Spartans duo of Bonanno and Pham nearly taking a point at No. 2 before falling, 8-6.
In singles play, Bonanno nearly took the Central region's No. 2-ranked player to a third set during the No. 2 flight before falling in straight sets (6-3, 7-5), while junior Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) fell by a 6-3, 7-5 score at No. 6.
The UAA Championship is Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.