KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked No. 7 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Central regional team rankings, notched its fourth 8-1 dual match victory in 2012-13 as it cruised past host Kalamazoo College (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair inside the Markin Center.
The Spartans remain perfect in dual matches at 5-0 and will have six days off from competition before hitting the road for a trio of matches next weekend. The Spartan women will play at Oberlin College on Friday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. They will then turn right around and travel to central Indiana for a pair of matches versus host and No. 10 nationally-ranked DePauw University on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5:00 p.m. and fellow University Athletic Association foe and No. 13 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (Mo.) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12:00 p.m.
For the third time in as many spring matches, the Spartans gained an early 3-0 lead during doubles play. The No. 3 tandem of senior Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and freshman Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) were the first to finish their match first and won by an 8-1 tally, while sophomore Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) teamed with senior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) at No. 2 and cruised by a similar 8-1 score. Not to be outdone, the No. 1 duo of senior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) completed the Spartan sweep with an 8-2 tally.
In singles play, the Hornets grabbed their lone point at No. 1, but the Spartans reeled off straight-set wins in the other five matches. Zargham, ranked No. 4 in the Central region, won at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1), while freshman Taylor Sweeney (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern), the No. 22-ranked player in the region, was victorious at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0). Khadilkar, ranked No. 21 regionally, cruised at No. 4 (6-1, 6-2), Alexandra Lim improved to 6-3 overall with a victory at No. 5 (6-0, 6-1), and sophomore Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) claimed the team's eighth point at No. 6 (6-1, 6-1).
Kalamazoo falls to 0-2 in dual matches.