MADISON, Wis. – The No. 25 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team fell in the third-place match of the 2013 Midwest Invitational to No. 11 DePauw University (Ind.) by a narrow 6-3 score on Saturday afternoon. The two-day event was hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College at the University of Wisconsin's Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 11-6 overall, while the Tigers, ranked second regionally, improve to 11-7.
Opening with doubles action, the Spartans grabbed a 2-1 lead as the No. 1 duo of senior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) as well as the No. 3 tandem of senior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and sophomore Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) each won by 8-5 scores.
In singles play, DePauw secured third place in the eight-team tournament by taking five of the six matches. Case's lone win came at No. 5 from freshman Lauren Rovner (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) via a three-set victory versus Elizabeth Young by scores of 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
The Spartans and their No. 25 national ranking, the highest in program history, have nearly a week off before their next match on Friday, April 12 at Allegheny College (Pa.). Originally scheduled for March 30 but postponed due to inclement weather, first serve in Meadville is set for 4:30 p.m.