The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team, ranked 29th in Division III, dropped an 8-1 decision to seventh-ranked Carnegie Mellon University at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-3 on the season. The Tartans improved to 8-1 overall with the win.
Carnegie Mellon grabbed the early lead in the match with Janabelle Wu and Bin Zheng picking up an 8-3 win over sophomores Sneha Karnam and Shreyaa Mukund at third doubles, followed by an 8-3 victory at second doubles for Vinaya Rao and Lindy Cornwall over junior Nicole Cardwell and first-year Shreya Ramani. At first doubles, junior Madeleine Paolucci and first-year Savannah Bright were able to pick up a key point for the Spartans, winning 8-4 over Danna Taylor and Courtney Ollis to make it a 2-1 score heading into singles play.
Two of the six singles matches went to a third set, with Paolucci and junior Mira Amin falling just short in each of those contests.
Case Western Reserve will continue play this weekend when they host Otterbein University to at the Cleveland Skating Club for a 4:00 p.m. meeting on Sunday, February 23rd.