The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team completed its first two dual matches of the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday, defeating Christopher Newport University 6-3 in the early match, but falling to Carnegie Mellon University 5-0 in the second match of the day.
The Spartans moved to 1-1 on the season with the split, while Christopher Newport dropped to 0-1 overall and Carnegie Mellon raised its record to 2-1 on the campaign.
The Captains got off to an early lead in the opening match against the Spartans, winning two of the three doubles match. In the first doubles match, Johanna Ranta-oho and Olivia Reed defeated juniors Madeleine Paolucci and Trisha Sundaram 8-3 and then Kara Ferner and Amanada Yermal earned an 8-7 (4) victory over junior Nicole Cardwell and freshman Savannah Bright in the second doubles match. CWRU's lone win in doubles play came at third doubles, as sophomore Nidhi Jha and freshman Nina Hoog defeated Ana Clara Borga and Reagan Delp 8-3.
The Spartans were able to take the early lead in singles play, as sophomore Shreyaa Mukund defeated Borga 6-1, 7-5 at sixth singles and then junior Mira Amin earned a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ferner at fourth singles. Sundaram then claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win at second singles over Yermal to take the 4-2 lead. After a loss at third singles for the Spartans, freshman Shreya Ramani defeated Delp 7-5, 6-3 at fifth singles and Paolucci earned a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Ranta-aho at first singles to secure the 6-3 match victory.
In the second match of the day, Carnegie Mellon won the first doubles match as Danna Taylor and Courtney Ollis bested Paolucci and Cardwell 8-2 in the first doubles match. The Tartans then won the next two doubles matches as Janabelle Wu and Madeline Fidel defeated Mukund and Ramani 8-4 at third doubles and Lindy Cornwall and Bin Zheng defeated Bright and sophomore Sneha Karnam 8-6 in the second doubles match.
In singles play, Paolucci dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to Taylor at no. singles, and Jha fell to Victoria Chang at sixth singles, 6-3, 6-1. The rest of the singles matches were left unfinished, with the match only being played to decision.
This weekend's action was the team's final competition of the fall season. The Spartans will resume play in 2020, opening their spring season on the road at Hope College on February 15th.