2016-17 CWRU Women’s Tennis Season Recap

2016-17 CWRU Women’s Tennis Season Recap

The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team ended their 2016-17 season ranked 18th in the final Oracle / Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division III National Poll.

The Spartans went 17-5 during the year, the team's highest win total since an 18-6 finish to the 2012 campaign. Case Western Reserve was nationally-ranked throughout the campaign and was featured as high as 18th in the poll during the course of the season, the highest-ranking in the program's history. The team went 2-1 at the 2017 University Athletic Association Championships to finish fifth at the event.

The Spartans qualified an athlete for the NCAA Division III Individual Championships, with junior Nithya Kanagasegar competing in the singles draw for the third-straight season.

Kanagasegar ended the season ranked 29th among all NCAA Division III singles players, and fourth among players in the Central Region, finishing the year with a 9-11 overall record. In addition, one more Spartan was ranked in the final Central Region singles poll, as freshman Kendal Holladay (16-12 on the season) was ranked 22nd.

In the doubles rankings, Kanagasegar and sophomore Jessica Liu were ranked 21st among all NCAA Division III pairings and fifth in the Central Region in the final ITA poll.

The duo of Kanagasegar and Liu were also named to the All-University Athletic Association First Team for their play at no. 1 doubles, while Kanagasegar earned All-UAA First Team recognition at no. 1 singles. Also claiming All-UAA Second Team honors was Holladay for her play at second singles.

In addition, junior Nina Cepeda was tabbed All-UAA Honorable Mention at fourth singles after compiling an overall singles record of 13-9, including a 6-5 mark at fourth singles.

The Spartans played a competitive schedule during the season, with 13 of the team's 22 opponents featured in the ITA National rankings at the time of the match. Despite the strength of schedule, Case Western Reserve went 9-4 in matches against nationally-ranked opposition over the course of the campaign.

In the fall, the Spartans had a number of outstanding performances at the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Central Region Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Junior Peyton Young and Holladay advanced all the way to the round of 16 of the main singles draw to lead the CWRU women. Young claimed a win over Allison Bush of DePauw in the round of 32, before falling to third-seeded Diana Aboubakare of Kenyon in the Round of 16. Holladay defeated Claire Hollock of Hope in the round of 32, however she lost to one-seeded Rebecaa Ho of Washington (Mo.).

In doubles action, the duo of senior Kennedy Mulholland and freshman Lauren Beier were victorious, 8-6, in the round of 32 against Meaghan Flynn and Kelsey Kopf of St. Mary's, but fell to fifth-seeded Madelyn Lee and Gretchen Wilder of DePauw in the round of 16.

In addition to the team's success on the court, five members of the squad were recognized as UAA Spring All-Academic honorees. Individual Spartans recognized included seniors Jennifer Lowe and Mulholland, juniors Kanagasegar and Young, and sophomore Liu.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2016-17 season:

NCAA Championship Participant

Nithya Kanagasegar

Crossville, Tenn. / Cumberland County

Singles (Round of 32)

 

All-UAA

Nithya Kanagasegar

Crossville, Tenn. / Cumberland County

First Team 1st Singles, First Team 1st Doubles

Jessica Liu

Raleigh, N.C. / Cary Academy

First Team 1st Doubles

Kendal Holladay

Hoover, Ala. / Spain Park

Second Team 2nd Singles

Nina Cepeda

Mason, Ohio / Mason

Honorable Mention 4th Singles

 

UAA All-Academic Recognition

Jennifer Lowe

Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Northwest

Kennedy Mulholland

Pepper Pike, Ohio / Beachwood

Nithya Kanagasegar

Crossville, Tenn. / Cumberland County

Peyton Young

Richmond, Ind. / Richmond

Jessica Liu

Raleigh, N.C. / Cary Academy

 

UAA Athlete of the Week

Nithya Kanagasegar

Crossville, Tenn. / Cumberland County

Feb. 20