The 16th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team will be in action at the 2018 University Athletic Association Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.
The field of competition at the UAA Championships is slated to be one of the deepest ever, with seven of the eight teams ranked nationally. A total of 15 regionally-ranked singles players and seven regionally-ranked doubles pairings are scheduled to be in action at this year's conference championships.
Case Western Reserve, seeded fifth at the tournament, will open play on Friday against the fourth-seeded and nationally 12th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) at 9:00 a.m. The winner of the match will advance to play the winner of the contest between top-seeded and nationally top-ranked Emory University and the eighth-seeded University of Rochester, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
First round matchups on the other side of the draw include ninth-ranked and second-seeded Carnegie Mellon University against 22nd-ranked seventh-seeded Brandeis University, and 10th-ranked and third-seeded University of Chicago against 21st-ranked and sixth-seeded New York University.
Consolation matchups between teams that drop their first-round matches will also be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The championship, third-place, fifth-place and seventh-place matches will each be contested on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
The Spartans, who finished fifth at last year's UAA Championships, will enter the tournament with an overall record of 13-3, and as winners of four of their last five contests. In addition, to being ranked 16th in Division III, the squad is also ranked third in the Central Region, and feature regionally-ranked singles players in senior Nithya Kanagasegar (sixth) and freshman Madeleine Paolucci (20th) and the region's fourth-ranked doubles pairing of Kanagasegar and Paolucci.
Washington, which finished fourth at the 2017 UAA Championships, is 12-5 this season and ranked second in the Central Region, in addition to appearing at 12th in the latest national rankings. The Bear's lineup features regionally-ranked singles players Grace Deering (fifth), Ashley Lessen (15th) and Ally Persky (21st) and the second-ranked duo of Deering and Persky.
Full results and a recap of the Spartans' matches will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition each day. In addition, live statistics will be posted to the website and to the CWRU women's tennis schedule page once they are made available for each match. Fans can also follow the official team twitter account @casetennis for updates throughout the tournament.