Tennis bounces into spring season

Men’s tennis extends win streak, women start season with a win and a loss

Claire Nordt, Sports Editor

The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team extended their winning streak while competing against Coe College on Friday, Feb. 15. The win brought the Spartans’ record to 4-0 overall.

To start the day, the Spartans competed in doubles matches. CWRU was able to claim two of their three doubles contests of the day. One of the wins came from second doubles where second-year Spartan Matthew Chen and third-year teammate Zach Hennessey won 8-3 over their Coe opponents. Third doubles also claimed a win. First-year teammates Chaitanya Aduru and Aaron Umen won against their opponents 8-2. Third-year student Anthony Kanam and second-year teammate Jonathan Powell competed at first doubles, falling to Coe 8-6.

In their six singles matches, the Spartans were able to claim victory in all of them. Chen competed at first singles and Kanam at second singles. Umen claimed third singles and first-year Spartan Max Vicario took fourth singles after a comeback. Finally, at fifth singles  Powell defeated his opponent and fourth-year student Rob Stroup claimed sixth singles.

The women’s team also competed last weekend, making their 2019 spring season debut on Feb. 16 against Hope College. The day concluded in a Spartan loss, with a final score of 5-4.

Doubles contests started the day and the Spartan women came out strong, claiming two of the three doubles matches. In first doubles, second-year teammates Madeleine Paolucci and Nicole Cardwell defeated their opponents 8-1. Third doubles also came out on top with second-year student Mira Amin and first-year student Shreyaa Mukund finishing 8-2. First-year Spartans Sneha Karnam and Nidhi Jha competed in second doubles, but were unable to capture the win. The final score was 8-5.

The Spartans faced a rough start to the singles matches, falling short in both first and second singles. These losses pushed Hope into the lead at 3-2. A win at fourth singles by Amin tied the score 3-3, but a loss at third doubles followed. Jha was able to secure a win at fifth singles, putting CWRU and Hope back at a tie. In sixth singles, Mukund was defeated by her opponent, and Hope claimed the day.

The following day, the Spartan women faced Kalamazoo College. They finished the day with a 9-0 win, bringing their overall season record to 1-1.

The day started with Paolucci and Cardwell claiming victory at first doubles 8-0. Karnam and Jha teamed up in second doubles, and won with a final of 8-2. To finish up the doubles contests, Amin and Mukund defeated their opponents 8-1 to bring the Spartans to 3-0.

Following doubles were singles matches. At first singles, Paolucci walked away victorious. Cardwell and Karnam also claimed wins at second and third singles, respectively. Fourth singles were captured by Amin, fifth were taken by Jha and Mukund rounded out the sweep at sixth singles.

The tennis teams will return to action this weekend. The men’s team will head to the 2019 ITA Indoor National Championships which will be hosted by CWRU at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The event will take place from Friday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 24. The women will face Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Cleveland Skating Club on Saturday, Feb. 23.