CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team has drawn the No. 7 seed for the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship scheduled for this Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
The Spartans will play No. 2 seed and No. 4 nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in their opening match on Friday at 1:30 p.m.. Case enters ranked No. 10 in the Central Region in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, while Carnegie Mellon starts tournament play at No. 2 in the Atlantic South region.
The UAA Championship is one of the premier Division III tennis tournaments in the country with five of the Association's teams ranked in the top-20 nationally and four in the top 11.
"This team has grown with all of its experiences, not only across the region, but also nationally," said fourth-year Head Coach Todd Wotjkowski. "We must continue to build on those successes and focus on an upward trend headed into the UAA Tournament this weekend."
Leading the Spartan charge in Florida will be junior No. 1 Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union), ranked 10th in the region with a career-high 21 wins (21-8), including a 16-5 dual match in first position. Freshman Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) will duke it out at No. 2 with a 17-10 overall record, while junior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) solidifies the top-three flights with a 13-4 record at No. 3.
Freshman Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) will play No. 4 after a fine rookie campaign (18-6) that saw her break sister Erika's freshman wins record, while junior captain Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) round out the lineup with 17-7 and 17-8 records, respectively.
In doubles play, the Lim sisters are fifth in the region at No. 1 teaming up together for an impressive 17-4 mark, while Evers and Patel will likely play No. 2. The No. 3 flight will likely feature Pham and Bonanno, as the duo amassed a 15-3 record this season including a near-perfect 11-1 dual match record.
"On the women's side, four or possibly five teams could make the NCAA Tournament as the UAA is such a strong conference," noted Wotjkowski. "We must battle for every point, and if we do so, I feel we are well-equipped to accomplish our goals of contending for a UAA title and possibly an NCAA Tournament berth."
The winner of the Case-CMU match plays the winner of No. 3 seed University of Chicago (Ill.) and No. 6 seed University of Rochester on Friday at 1:30 p.m.