The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team suffered its second loss of the 2017 campaign, dropping a 7-2 decision to 20th-ranked Trinity (Tex.) University in Winter Park, Florida on Monday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 4-2 on the season, and ended a four-match winning streak. Trinity raised its record to 8-5 on the year with the victory.
Trinity grabbed the early lead in the match, with Liza Southwick and Mary Kaffen picking up an 8-3 victory over junior Peyton Young and freshman Kendal Holladay at second doubles, followed by an 8-2 victory at third doubles for Caroline Kutach and Andrea De Leon over junior Nina Cepeda and freshman Katie Busch. At first doubles, junior Nithya Kanagasegar and sophomore Jessica Liu were able to pick up a key point for the Spartans, winning 8-3 over Marie Lutz and Zoe Kaffen to make it a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
Liu would quickly even the team score with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win over Lutz at third singles. However, the Tigers regained the lead, as Kutach bested Hollday in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 at second singles.
Trinity then clinched the match with a win at fourth singles, as Zoe Kaffen claimed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Cepeda, and a win at sixth singles, as De Leon bested Busch 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
The Tigers added a point at fifth singles, as Young fell in three sets to Mary Kaffen, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, Trinity closed the match with a point at first singles, as Kanagasegar fell in three sets to Southwick, 1-6, 6-3, 2-6.
Case Western Reserve will back in action on Tuesday, when the team takes on No. 39 The University of Texas at Tyler at 11:30 a.m. and Colby-Sawyer-College at 7:00 p.m. at the USTA Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida.