#22 Women’s Tennis Falls in Hard-Fought Match to #9 Washington

#22 Women’s Tennis Falls in Hard-Fought Match to #9 Washington

In a match that feature a pair of tiebreakers in the three doubles matches and five three-set singles contests, the 22nd-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team ultimately dropped a 7-2 decision to the ninth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) Bears at the XS Tennis Center in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.

Case Western Reserve took the early lead in Saturday's match, when seniors Surya Khadilkar and Michelle Djohan bested Rebecca Ho and Lisa Chionis 8-5 at second doubles.  Each of the other two doubles matches were close, but the Spartans would ultimately fall short in each, as the Bears carried a 2-1 lead in the match into singles play.  At first doubles, sophomore Nithya Kanagasegar and senior Sara Zargham were topped 9-8 (6) by Grace Deering and Jamie Silverberg, while freshman Jessica Liu and senior Taylor Sweeney suffered a 9-8 (9) setback to Aly Coran and Kaylan Griffith at third doubles.

The Bears would go on to win five of the six singles matches to secure the win, despite all six matches being played close.  Zargham, playing in her first singles match of the spring, bested Chionis in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5, to claim the win at sixth singles, and the lone singles victory of the day for the Spartans.

In the first match, Kanagasegar fell 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Ho, while Liu dropped a 6-3, 7-6 (4) decision to Silverberg in the second match.  At third singles, Deering bested Khadilkar 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and in the fourth match, Coran added a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Sweeney.  Griffith added to the Washington lead with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory at fifth singles.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 11-4 on the year, while Washington improved to 11-6 with the win.  Each of the Spartans' four losses have come against nationally-ranked Division III teams.

The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow with their final match against an NCAA Division III opponent before the conference championships, as Case Western Reserve will take on the 15th-ranked University of Chicago at 10:00 a.m. ET on Sunday.