Spartans Fare Well against Tough Competition at Kenyon Invite

Spartans Fare Well against Tough Competition at Kenyon Invite

Facing top-ranked NCAA Division III programs at the Kenyon Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio over the weekend, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team finished with a combined 6-3 doubles record and a 19-13 singles mark.

Leading the way for the Spartans at the invitational was junior Trisha Sundaram, who went 2-1 in singles play and placed second in Flight A of the bracket. Sundaram defeated Kenyon's Erika Oku, 2-6, 6-3, retired in the first round, Denison's Alex Cash, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5, in the semifinals, but fell to Carnegie Mellon's Lauren James, 6-0, 6-1, in the final.

Junior Madeleine Paolucci placed third in Flight A as she won the opening round in two sets, fell in two sets in the semifinals, and then came back to defeat Carnegie Mellon's Bin Zheng 7-5, 7-6 in the third place match. Junior Mira Amin and freshman Shreya Ramani were each 2-1 in Flight C as they won their opening rounds, dropped the next round, but came back to win their final rounds of the tournament.

Freshman Nina Hoog and sophomore Nidhi Jha each fell in their opening matches of Flight D, but both came back to earn victories in the next two rounds to post 2-1 records in singles play.

In doubles action, Sundaram and junior Nicole Cardwell finished first in Flight B with an 8-2 win against Winslow and Blackwood of Kenyon in the opening round and an 8-3 win in the final against Iordache and Fidel of Carnegie Mellon.

Paolucci and freshman Savannah Bright fell in a tight 8-6 match to Cornwall and Zheng of Carnegie Mellon before winning 8-7 against Cianciola and Cash of Denison in Flight A. Jha and Ramani paired for an 8-6 victory against Alonso and Pukys of Kenyon before falling 8-4 in the finals to Brual and Hart of Denison Flight C. Sophomore Shreyaa Mukund and Hoog won an 8-3 match against Overby and Deal of Denison before falling 8-4 to Collins and Pontillo in Flight D.

The Spartans will be back in action from Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st when the team travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the ITA Central Region Fall Championships.