Khadilkar Sets Program Singles Win Record as #21 Spartans Defeat #23 Denison

Khadilkar Sets Program Singles Win Record as #21 Spartans Defeat #23 Denison

Case Western Reserve University senior Surya Khadilkar set the program record with the 61st singles win of her career, helping to lead the 21st-ranked Spartans to a 6-3 win over 23rd-ranked Denison University at the Cleveland Skating Club on Saturday night.

The win was the Spartans' fourth this season over a nationally-ranked opponent, as the team improved to 8-3 overall for the season.  Denison dropped to 5-6 on the year with the loss.

Khadilkar picked up the win at third singles over Denison's Emma Alsup, 6-2, 6-2, to improve to 61-24 all-time in singles matches, and pass former Spartan Erika Lim (2009-13) for the most singles victories in the program's history.  Khadilkar is a perfect 11-0 in singles matches this season, and has won 14-consecutive singles matches, dating back to last season.

Earlier in the match, she teamed with senior Michelle Djohan to pick up an 8-6 win over Alsup and Ashley Hammons at second doubles, putting her one victory away from the program's doubles win record as well, also held by Erika Lim.

Khadilkar and Djohan helped the Spartans jump out to a 2-0 lead in the match, after senior Taylor Sweeney and freshman Jessica Liu got CWRU on the board with an 8-2 win at third doubles over Megan Hickey and Sarah Torrence at third doubles.  Denison would pull back within a point with a 9-8 (3) win from Lauren Hawley and Meg Chiumento over sophomore Nithya Kanagasegar and Sara Zargham at first doubles.

Khadilkar was the first to clinch a singles match, and Sweeney followed at fourth singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hickey, putting the Spartans on top 4-1.  Denison responded with back-to-back wins, with Hawley winning 6-3, 7-5 over Kanagasegar at first singles, and Chiumento notching a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Liu at second singles.  However, sophomore Nina Cepeda clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hammons at sixth singles, and Djohan added to the margin of victory with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at fifth singles.

Next up for the Spartans will be a 5:00 p.m. match at 38th-ranked Oberlin College on Friday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m.