MADISON, Wis. – The No. 25 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team earned a split on Friday versus a pair of nationally-ranked foes during day one of the 2013 Midwest Invitational hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College at the University of Wisconsin's Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Spartans cruised by No. 22 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the morning, 7-2, but fell by an 8-1 score to No. 6 University of Chicago.
With the split, the Spartans move to 10-6 in dual matches this season. The team's current No. 25 national ranking is the highest in program history.
Against UW-Whitewater (12-8), the No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) claimed the lone point via an 8-5 victory versus Alexandra Bayliss and Jessica Vitale. The Warhawks scored the points at No. 2 and No. 3.
Trailing by one, Case responded by sweeping all six singles matches. Freshman Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science), ranked No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central region, rallied back from a set down versus Bayliss, ranked No. 25 regionally, and won by scores of 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-4.
The Spartans then reeled off four-consecutive straight-set victories in the No. 2 through No. 5 slots. Lim, ranked No. 18 regionally, posted a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory versus Jackie Vitale at No. 2, while freshman Taylor Sweeney (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) was victorious by tallies of 7-5, 6-3 over Megan Kasten in the third spot. Khadilkar won at No. 4 by scores of 6-3, 6-1 versus Lauren Aguilar, while sophomore Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) cruised at No. 5 versus Kelly Foster with sets scores of 6-4, 6-1.
Freshman Lauren Rovner (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) completed the clean sweep in three sets by tallies of 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 10-5 versus Erika Williams.
Versus University Athletic Association foe Chicago (11-3), the Maroons, the Central Region's top-ranked team, raced out and secured all three doubles points with narrow victories coming in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots.
In singles, the Spartans' lone team point of the match came from freshman Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) at No. 6 versus Stephanie Lee by a pair of 7-5 set scores.
The Spartans are right back in action on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. CDT versus No. 11 DePauw University (Ind.) in the Midwest Invitational's third-place match. Back on February 23, the two teams battled in Greencastle, Indiana, and the Tigers claimed a narrow 5-4 decision.