Spartan Women Fall to Rochester, Sweep NYU to Place Seventh at UAA Championship

Marianne Bonnano at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information)
Marianne Bonnano at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team lost a tight decision to the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 5-4, but rebounded to sweep New York University to place seventh at the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday Sanlando Park.

The Spartans end one of the best seasons in program history at 18-6 overall and 1-2 in the Association.

Versus Rochester (9-5, 1-1 UAA), the Spartans fell behind 2-1 in doubles action with junior captain Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) picking up a point at No. 3 with an 8-4 victory versus Cara Genbauffe and Janice Zhao.

In singles play, positions three through six were decided in straight-sets with the Spartans picking up victories at No. 4 by freshman Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and No. 5 by Patel. Rochester scored points at No. 3 and No. 6 before eventually clinching the match with a three-set win at No. 1.

Case's other point came from freshman Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2.

Versus NYU (0-11, 0-3 UAA), the Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in doubles action. Alexandra Lim and junior sister Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) won 8-5 at No. 1, while Evers and Patel completed a 2-0 day with an 8-1 victory at No. 2. Bonanno and freshman Sitara Koneru (Columbia, Ohio/Wellington School) won by a walk-over at No. 3.

In singles, only four matches were contested, and the Spartans won three in straight-sets with Evers at No. 2, Koneru at No. 3 and freshman Morgan Hertik (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) at No. 4. Bonanno went the distance with Ramya Pokala and eventually won 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4).