Half of the Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team competed at Kalamazoo College in the ITA Central Regional Championships, while the other half competed at the University of Toledo at the Toledo Invitational.
Overall, five singles players advanced to round of 32 at the Regional Championships, with second-year student Sam Concannon advancing all the way to the quarterfinals. One doubles pairing, that of first-year student Josh Hsia and second-year student Anthony Kanam, reached the round of 16. The Spartans boasted a record of 19-10 in singles play and an 8-4 record in doubles play at the regional meet.
“The team did pretty well overall,” said first-year student Matthew Chen.
Leading the squad was Concannon, single-handedly taking down the 17th ranked player from the University of Chicago in two sets then coming back to pick up a win over the player from the host school 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. Concannon then defeated the third-seeded Titas Bera from the College of Wooster in a tough three sets 7-5, 1-6, 6-1. He then advanced to quarterfinals with a win over Nicolas Paolucci of Kenyon College, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Concannon eventually fell to Jeremy Yuan of Chicago 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Second-year students Siddharth Rajupet and Henry Squire picked up four wins en route to the finals of the doubles consolation draw, which was ultimately abandoned.
Also in the singles draw, Hsia secured wins over ninth seeded Bernardo Neves from Washington University in St. Louis, and Trine University’s Judson Quinn, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round, while Kanam won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the consolation draw.
In doubles play, the pairing of Hsia and Kanam picked up an 8-1 win over North Central University and an 8-2 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University.
At the tournament in Toledo, second-year student Rajeev Laungani and first-year students Will Grier and Austin Lawrence all won a match at the tournament.
“Heading into the [next tournament] we need to be stronger mentally and physically,” said Chen.
The Spartans will head to Lima, Ohio for the University of Northwestern Ohio Invitational from Oct. 7-8 to wrap up their fall season.