Wesleyan University to open and close a tough week. The team faced off against three schools in five days and ended up with two more wins and a lot of lessons learned against a tough division opponent.
The team started their home stand against Wooster College on Wednesday, April 2 with a 9-0 sweep of the Fighting Scots. The match-up gave the team a chance to start many of their second-squad players, who went far to show the depth of the team’s talent, not dropping a single set all night. Spartans Sara Zargham, Lauren Rovner and Kennedy Mulholland all won both their singles and doubles matches, providing key contributions.
The Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team broke in the newly refurbished Carlton Courts in fine style, winning their first home outdoor matches of the season against Wooster College and Ohio team’s effort.
The team had a more difficult challenge in their Saturday match versus area rival Carnegie Mellon University. The match was scheduled to be played outside, but moved indoors to the Cleveland Skating Club after heavy rains the previous day. The Tartans started off with a sweep of the three doubles matches, a feat that no opponent had accomplished yet against the Spartans this season. After the disappointing start, the Case team tried to rally in singles, but was only able to pull in one of the early matches, sealing the loss for the team. The final two singles matches ended in victory for the Spartans, but it wasn’t enough, as the team fell to No. 9 Carnegie Mellon. The three points for the Case team were courtesy of Sarah Berchuck, Michelle Djohan and Surya Khadilkar.
Head coach Kirsten Gambrell was disappointed for the sake of the team, many of whom had families and friends who had made it out for the weekend. “Not playing your best when you’re at home is not what you want. It seems like we’re struggling in singles one day and then doubles the next…we just need to put it all together.”
The Spartans wrapped up the weekend back in the sun both literally and figuratively as the team once again took to Carlton Courts and ended the day with a 9-0 victory over their opponent, Ohio Wesleyan University. Mulholland once again pulled in both a singles and a doubles win as the team won without dropping a single set.
The Spartans will be traveling to Chicago this weekend to face off against University Athletics Association rivals the University of Chicago and Washington University of St. Louis. They will need to bring their best skills to the match against these two top-ranked opponents to try to get a critical win heading into the UAA championship at the end of April.
“We need to raise our level of play and keep it raised,” said Gambrell. “Other teams have been able to maintain their level of play from start to finish while we’ve kind of had our ups and downs. We really have to be at our best.”