No. 33 Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 15 Wash U., No. 11 Chicago on Saturday

No. 33 Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 15 Wash U., No. 11 Chicago on Saturday

The 33rd-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday, falling 6-3 to 15th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) in the early contest, and dropping a 9-0 decision to the 11th-ranked University of Chicago later in the day at the XS Tennis Village in Chicago, Illinois.

The Spartans dropped to 7-9 on the season with the two losses, while Washington improved to 8-9 overall and Chicago raised its record to 10-4 on the campaign.

The Bears got off to an early lead in the opening match against the Spartans, winning two of the three doubles matches. In the third doubles match, Stephanie Ren and Sanjna Tripathy defeated sophomore Mira Amin and freshman Nidhi Jha 8-4 and then Laurel Wanger and Ashley Lessen earned an 8-3 victory over freshmen Sneha Karnam and Shreyaa Mukund in the second doubles match. CWRU's lone win in doubles play came at first doubles, as sophomores Madeleine Paolucci and Nicole Cardwell defeated Lisa Chionis and Ally Persky 8-2.

The Spartans were able to take the lead early during singles play, as Cardwell defeated Divya Sharma 2-6, 6-1, 10-2 at second singles and then Paolucci earned a 7-6 (7-6), 7-6 (7-0) win over Persky at first singles. However, CWRU was unable to win any of the last four singles matches, as the Bears secured the 6-3 victory.

In the second match of the day, Chicago won all three doubles matches, with Catherine Xu and Eugenia Lee defeating Paolucci and Cardwell 8-6 at no. 1 doubles, Marjorie Antohi and Lauren Park topping Karnam and Mukund 8-7 (8-6) at no. 2 doubles, and Lainey Axell and Nicole Semenov picking up an 8-1 victory over Amin and Jha.

In singles play, Paolucci took Antohi, ranked second in the central region, to three sets at first singles but was unable to come away with a victory as she fell 2-6, 7-5, 10-5. In addition, Cardwell was able to take two games in the first set and five games in the second set at second singles, but eventually fell to Xu.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action at the 2019 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida from Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th.