No. 23 CWRU Women's Tennis Finishes Fourth at Midwest Invitational

MADISON, Wis. - The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team lost a tight match to No. 14 DePauw University and lost a rematch with No. 15 University of Chicago to place fourth at the Midwest Invitational.

For the second consecutive match, Surya Khadilkar (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) was the only Spartan to earn two points in a 5-4 loss to DePauw in the tournament semifinals. She teamed with sophomore Jennifer Lowe (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles and then won in straight sets at No. 5 singles, 7-5, 6-1.

Junior Michelle Djohan (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) earned a tough win at No. 3 singles, rebounding from a 6-3 first-set loss to win the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). Junior Sara Zargham (Torrance, Calif./California Academy of Math and Science) posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles.

CWRU fell 8-1 to University Athletic Association rival Chicago, a team it defeated 5-4 earlier this season. Zargham and Nithya Kanagasegar (Crossville, Tenn./Cumberland County) accounted for the only Spartan point, a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles.

Three sets were determined by a tiebreaker and two others finished 7-5 in singles play.

"It was a good weekend for us placing fourth," said head coach Kirsten Gambrell. "Our Chicago match was much closer than the score indicates. Our focus going forward is playing more consistent doubles. We really need to improve our doubles against the top-20 teams as we near the end of the season."

The Spartans, who dropped to 9-6 with the two losses, will play at Denison on Saturday, April 18.