The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked 18th in Division III, dropped an 8-1 decision to the 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University at the CMU Tennis Courts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 15-4 on the season. The Tartans improved to 15-6 overall with the win.
Carnegie Mellon grabbed the early lead in the match, with Nicholle Torres and Cori Sidell picking up an 8-4 win over junior Nithya Kanagasegar and sophomore Jessica Liu at first doubles, followed by a 9-7 victory at second doubles for Vinaya Rao and Courtney Ollis over junior Peyton Young and freshman Kendal Holladay. At third doubles, junior Nina Cepeda and freshman Katrin Gurvich were able to pick up a key point for the Spartans, winning 8-5 over Katie Lai and Jamie Vizelman to make it a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
Three of the six singles matches went to a third set, with Kanagasegar, Liu and Cepeda falling just short in each of those matches.
Case Western Reserve will be back in action at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22nd.