ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – In the opening match of the University Athletic Association Championship Tournament, the No. 23 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team fell to No. 9 Washington University in St. Louis by a 7-2 score on Friday morning at Sanlando Park. The sixth-seeded Spartans will now play seventh-seeded University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
The Spartans fall to 9-10 overall and 0-1 in the UAA, while the Bears improve to 16-4 and 1-0.
Last season, CWRU placed sixth in the conference, a mark that was the best UAA Championship finish for the program since it finished fifth in 1997.
CWRU's two points came in singles play as freshman Sarah Berchuck (Dallas, Texas/Baylor School & Suffield Academy) and sophomore Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) each won their respective matches. Berchuck, who is 5-1 in singles for the month of April, defeated Washington's Theresa Petraskova, 6-0, 6-3 on No. 4. Khadilkar beat Betsy Edershile 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5.
Rochester, who serves as CWRU's Saturday opponent, fell to Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) by a score of 9-0 on Friday. The winner of Saturday's match advances to the fifth-place match on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., while the loser falls to the seventh-place match. CWRU and Rochester met previously this season with the Spartans winning 8-1 on March 11 during spring trip action.