The 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team will face an early-season test this weekend, when the team takes on a pair of tough opponents on back-to-back days on the road. The Spartans will travel to Holland, Michigan to play 21st-ranked Hope College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th, followed by a 10:00 a.m. meeting with Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Sunday, February 25th.
The Spartans have opened their spring season with a 3-2 record. CWRU is ranked 18th in the ITA Preseason National Rankings, and third in the Central Region poll. Seniors Peyton Young (4-0) and Nina Cepeda (3-0) have each opened their spring seasons undefeated, while Young and freshman Nicole Cardwell have combined to go 4-1 in doubles play so far.
Hope is 0-2 on the season, after dropping a 9-0 decision on the road to the ninth-ranked University of Chicago on February 3rd. Ranked 21st in the national poll and fourth in the Central Region, the Flying Dutch lineup features Claire Hallock, the 30th-ranked singles player in Division III and the eighth-ranked player in the region. Last season, the Spartans defeated Hope 6-3 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kalamazoo, 2-2 on the season, will enter the weekend following a 6-3 win against Ohio Northern on Friday. The Hornet's lineup includes Laura Hanselman and Maddy Winarski who each won their singles matches on Friday. Last season, CWRU defeated Kalamazoo 9-0.
Live stats will be provided for Sunday's match against Kalamazoo and can be found at http://www.kzoo.edu/sports/live/wt/xlive.htm.
Complete results and a recap will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of each match.