CLEVELAND – The No. 23 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team opened the spring portion of the 2014-15 campaign with a 9-0 loss to Division I DePaul University (Ill.) at the Cleveland Skating Club.
The Spartans dip to 1-1 in dual matches counting the fall season. The Blue Demons move to 3-2.
"Depaul is the second Division I team we have played against, and they are really just on a whole other level," said Head Coach Kirsten Gambrell, a former student-athlete at Depaul.
"We will use this experience to prepare for the tough matches we have coming up next weekend," Gambrell continued. "This year is a process, and we are hoping the hard work we are putting in will pay off in the next few matches. We are excited to get back on the courts next weekend."
At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Sarah Berchuck (Dallas, Texas/Baylor School & Suffield Academy) and junior Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) were able to take two games from Zaina Sufi and Jarret Fisher.
In singles, Djohan was able to take four games in the second set of No. 5 singles but eventually fell to Fisher. Freshman Nithya Kanagasegar (Crossville, Tenn./Cumberland County) at No. 1 singles won three games in her first set.
The Spartans remain home to host a pair matchups at the Cleveland Skating Club on Saturday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. against No. 12 University of Chicago and Allegheny College (Pa.).