The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team suffered a setback on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 6-3 decision to Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Cleveland Skating Club.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-2 on the season, and ended a two-match winning streak. Indiana raised its record to 3-0 on the year with the victory.
Indiana grabbed the early lead in the match, with Jarka Petercakova and Luise von Agris picking up a 9-7 victory over senior Nithya Kanagasegar and freshman Madeleine Paolucci at first doubles, followed by an 8-4 victory at second doubles for Katya Minchenkova and Nicole Beidacki over senior Peyton Young and freshman Nicole Cardwell. At third doubles, senior Nina Cepeda and junior Jessica Liu were able to pick up a key point for the Spartans, winning 8-3 over Julia Newman and Maria Magraner Grau to make it a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
In singles action, freshman Mira Amin earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Minchenkova in the third singles contest, and Young claimed a straight-set win, 6-1, 6-3, over Newman in the fifth match. However, the Spartans would drop each of the remaining singles matches, allowing the Crimson Hawks to earn the 6-3 victory.
The Spartans will be back in action next weekend, when the team travels to Holland, Michigan to face 21st-ranked Hope College on Saturday, February 24th. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.