#19 Women’s Tennis Falls to #21 Redlands for First Loss of 2016

#19 Women’s Tennis Falls to #21 Redlands for First Loss of 2016

The 19th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the 2016 campaign, dropping a 5-4 decision to the University of Redlands in Redlands, California on Wednesday night.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 5-1 on the season, and ended a seven-match winning streak, dating back to the 2015 campaign.  Redlands raised its record to 6-1 on the year with the victory.

Case Western Reserve jumped out to the early lead in the match with wins at second and third doubles.  In the second match, seniors Michelle Djohan and Surya Khadilkar improved to 2-0 together in the spring with an 8-4 win over Elizabeth Johnson and Emily Murnin.  At third doubles, senior Taylor Sweeney and freshman Jessica Liu topped Redlands' Gabriela Vasquez and Kate Dolan 8-2. 

The Spartans lone doubles loss came in the first match, where senior Sara Zargham and sophomore Nithya Kanagasegar were bested by Natalie Etchegaray and Lauren Villanueva, 8-6. 

In singles action, Sweeney earned a straight-set win, 6-2, 6-2, over Villanueva in the third contest, and Khadilkar claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Vasquez in the fifth match, improving to 6-0 this season in singles play.  However, the Spartans would drop each of the remaining singles matches, allowing the Bulldogs to complete the comeback, and edge CWRU for the 5-4 victory.

The Spartans will be back in action in California on Thursday, when the team takes on 17th-ranked Wesleyan College (Conn.) at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Andulka Park Tennis Center in Riverside, California.