The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked 21st in Division III, fell just short against the 18th-ranked University of Mary Washington in the finale of the Blue-Grey Invitational in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Sunday.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 7-3 on the season, as the team finished the weekend with a 2-1 record at the Invitational. The Eagles improved to 10-2 overall with the win.
Mary Washington grabbed the early lead in the match, with Shelby Harris and Kait Brogan picking up an 8-2 win over sophomore Nithya Kanagasegar and senior Sara Zargham at first doubles, followed by an 8-6 victory at second doubles for Taylor Diffley and Mackenzie Smith over seniors Michelle Djohan and Surya Khadilkar. At third doubles, senior Taylor Sweeney and freshman Jessica Liu were able to pick up a key point for the Spartans, winning 9-7 over Sara Fioretta and Caroline Mosberg to make it a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
Khadilkar would quickly even the team score with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win over Christina Gaul at fourth singles, her 10th-consecutive singles win to open the spring season. Liu would then give the Spartans their first lead of the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mosberg at second singles.
Mary Washington evened the match with a win a third singles, as Diffley bested Sweeney in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, and then took the lead with a close-played 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6) win at first singles by Brogan over Kanagasegar. The Eagles then clinched with a win in the sixth singles, as Danielle Mirabella claimed a 6-1, 6-2 victory over junior Kennedy Mulholland. Mary Washington added a point at fifth singles, as Djohan fell in three sets to Smith, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The Spartans will return to Cleveland for their first home match of the season on Saturday, March 26th against Denison University, ranked 23rd in the latest Division III poll. The match is slated for a 4:00 p.m. start at the Carlton Courts.