No. 30 women split spring break trip, 3-3

Peter Cooke, Sports Editor

The Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team split their spring break trip, going 3-3 on week. The No. 30 ranked women went 0-3 against ranked competition but were able to pick up three other wins to improve to 9-5 this season.

The women opened their trip at No. 13 University of Redlands where they fell 2-7 in California. The Spartans then picked up a 6-3 win when they defeated Whittier College. Case was then swept at No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, failing to pick up a single point. After a three day break the women pounced back with a 6-3 win at the University of La Verne. The women came within a single point of a huge upset of No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer College but lost the top four singles spots to fall 5-4. Case then rounded out the trip with a dominating sweep at California Lutheran University.

The women had trouble at the top of their lineup, failing to win in the top slot until the sweep at California Lutheran. The No. 2 spot picked up victories in each of the teams wins while the third and fourth singles spots each picked up just two victories.

The fifth and sixth spots and the double spots were where the Spartans picked up the majority of their points. The No. 5 and No. 6 Spartans went 4-2, falling against Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The top doubles spot went 3-3 on the week while the second two doubles spots each went 4-2.

Freshman Surya Khadilkar had an exceptional week going 4-2 in her singles matches. Khadilkar went 3-1 in the fifth spot and picked up a win in the third spot and a loss in the sixth. Khadilkar also went 3-2 in doubles, picking up her three wins with senior Erika Lim.
Erika Lim went 1-3 in the second singles spot and went 4-2 in doubles. Lim picked up her other win with Michelle Djohan against Whittier.

Senior Emily Pham and sophomore Marianne Bonnano picked up three wins together in the No. 3 doubles spot. The duo teamed up for an 8-2 victory at Whittier, an 8-5 win at La Verne and an 8-2 win over California Lutheran.

Freshman Taylor Sweeney went 3-3 in her six singles matches and finished 3-1 in doubles, picking up a win with Kathleen Evers in the No.3 spot and a pair of wins with Sara Zargham, one each in the first and second positions.

The women will had the week off and will take another week of rest before they retake the court at Allegheny College on Mar. 30 at noon. The women’s next home match is senior’s day which will take place on Apr. 20 against Walsh University.