No. 23 Spartan Women Defeat No. 22 Brandeis, Match Best Finish at UAA Championship

Surya Khadilkar (photo by Taylor Sweeney)
Surya Khadilkar (photo by Taylor Sweeney)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Sophomore Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) went 2-0 to lead the No. 23 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team to a 5-4 victory over No. 22 Brandeis University (Mass.) in the fifth-place match of the 2014 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanlando Park.

The Spartans (11-10, 2-1 UAA) match their best finish at the UAA Championship as the program also finished fifth in 1997. With the loss, Brandeis falls to 11-11 overall and 1-2 in the UAA.

Khadilkar and freshman doubles partner Sarah Berchuck (Dallas, Texas/Baylor School & Suffield Academy) won at No. 2 by a score of 8-4 over the partnership of Marissa Lazar/Allyson Bernstein. CWRU took a 2-1 lead into singles as sophomore Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) & junior Marianne Bonanno (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) won at No. 1, also, by an 8-4 tally.

In singles play, Khadilkar earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4 while sophomore Taylor Sweeney (Fort Gratiot, Mich./Port Huron Northern)  clinched the fifth and decisive point for the Spartans. Also earning a victory was sophomore Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake). Sweeney won, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3, while Djohan did not drop a game at No. 6.

With the regular season completed, the Spartans now look towards NCAA selections. The team portion of the NCAA Championship field will be announced via press release on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. on NCAA.com. Individual championship competitors are set two days later on May 7.