SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – The No. 22 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team posted a 7-0 victory versus Walsh University during the final match of its regular season schedule on Saturday inside the Cleveland Skating Club. The match, moved indoors due to cold weather, also served as the program's Seniors' Day and was designated as a "Rally for the Cure" event with all proceeds going to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Spartans, ranked fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region poll, conclude the regular season with an 11-7 overall record. With the loss, Walsh falls to 4-21.
Opening with doubles action, Case raced out to a 3-0 lead as the No. 1 duo of senior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) earned an 8-4 victory versus Shellie Webster and Kayla Shaheen. At No. 2, seniors Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) were victorious by an identical 8-4 score versus Alisha Angle and Arina Kravitz, while the No. 3 team of freshman Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) and sophomore Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) cruised past Allison St. George and Jaclyn DiDomenico, 8-2.
During singles play, Case won all four singles matches in straight sets. Erika Lim, the region's No. 16-ranked player, bested Webster by a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 count, while freshman Taylor Sweeney (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern) took the point easily at No. 2 by a 6-4, 6-3 tally over Angle.
In the third slot, sophomore Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) won easily by a 6-0, 6-0 count versus Shaheen, while Evers completed the sweep with a victory at No. 4 by an 8-4 pro-set tally versus St. George.
The other two singles matches were unfinished.
With the regular season complete, the Spartans will now set their sights on the University Athletic Association Championship, which runs this Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.