#22 Spartans to Take on #9 Washington & #15 Chicago this Weekend

#22 Spartans to Take on #9 Washington & #15 Chicago this Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked 22nd in Division III, will have two big matches this weekend, when the team travels to Chicago, Illinois to face ninth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) and the 15th-ranked University of Chicago.

The Spartans will take on Washington at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 9th at XS Tennis.  On Sunday, April 10th, Case Western Reserve will play at the Stagg Tennis Courts on the Chicago campus, facing the Maroons at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Case Western Reserve will enter the weekend as the winner of its last four matches and with an 11-3 overall record, including a 5-2 road ledger and a 2-1 mark in neutral-site contests.  The team is 6-3 this season against ranked Division III opposition.

The Spartans are ranked fourth in the Central Region, and feature the region's fifth-ranked singles player in sophomore Nithya Kanagasegar, and 18th-ranked player in freshman Jessica Liu.  Overall, the team has a .667 winning percentage (90-43) in singles matches and a .687 winning percentage (46-21) in doubles play during the 2015-16 campaign.

Washington has won four of its last five matches, and is 10-6 overall for the campaign, including a 5-5 record in matches played on neutral sites.  The Bears, ranked first in the Central Region, feature regionally ranked singles players in Rebecca Ho (sixth) and Jamie Silverberg (23rd) and the seventh-ranked doubles pairing of Silverberg and Grace Deering.  The Spartans and the Bears last met during the 2014 season, when Washington picked up a pair of wins over CWRU, 6-3 in the first match and 7-2 in the second.

Chicago will begin the weekend with an 8-3 overall record, including a 2-1 home mark.  The Maroons have won three-straight matches, including a 5-3 victory over 26th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater last weekend.  Chicago, ranked third in the Central Region, features the region's top-ranked singles player in Ariana Iranpour, the seventh-ranked player in Rachel Kim, the 15th-ranked player in Lucy Tang, and the sixth-ranked doubles pairing of Kim and Tang.  Last season, the Spartans and the Maroons played three times, with CWRU winning the first match 5-4, and Chicago winning the next two, each by an 8-1 score.

Results and a recap will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of each match.  Fans can also follow the action with updates on twitter at @casetennis1.