Spartan Women Defeat Oberlin, 8-1, in Matchup of Regionally-Ranked Foes

(L-R): Surya Khadilkar and Alexandra Lim
(L-R): Surya Khadilkar and Alexandra Lim

OBERLIN, Ohio Led by a clean sweep during doubles play, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, remained unbeaten as it eased past No. 8 Oberlin College by an 8-1 tally on Friday evening inside the John W. Heisman Field House.

The Spartans (6-0) now continue their three-match road swing in central Indiana with a pair of matches versus host and No. 10 nationally-ranked DePauw University on Saturday, February 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.

With the setback, Oberlin falls to 4-2.

The No. 1 duo of senior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) started the evening off with an 8-2 victory versus Farah Leclercq and Grace Porter. The No. 3 tandem of senior Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and freshman Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) were next to finish and won by an 8-4 score versus Ariana Abayomi and Erin Johnson, while sophomore Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) teamed with senior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) at No. 2 and cruised by an 8-5 mark versus Brenna Sheldon and Preeya Shah.

In singles play, Khadilkar, ranked No. 21 regionally, picked up the fourth team point at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4), while the Yeowomen grabbed their lone point at No. 2.

However, the Spartans reeled off straight-set wins in the remaining four matches. Sophomore Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) was victorious at No. 5 (6-1, 6-2), while Alexandra Lim and Shah exchanged set victories by 6-3 and 7-6 (7-3) scores before Lim claimed the point with a 6-3 win during the decisive set.

Freshman Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) grabbed the seventh point via a 6-2, 6-2 victory versus Ariana Abayomi at No. 6, while Zargham, ranked No. 4 in the Central region, won a battle with Sheldon in the top slot. Zargham took the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (10-8), but Sheldon evened the match with a 6-3 win in set number two. Undaunted, the first-year Spartan took the point with a third-set tiebreak 7-6 (7-4).