Women’s tennis leads the way at the ITA Regionals

Medha Nayak, Sports Editor

Case Western Reserve University’s women’s tennis team competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Central Regional Championships from Sept.19 to Sept. 21. The tournament took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan. On the first day of the tournament, both doubles teams moved to the next round in the 32-team doubles draw, and two singles players advanced in the 64-players draw. 

Doubles partners third-year Madeleine Paolucci and first-year Savannah Bright got fourth place in the draw while third-years Nicole Cardwell and Trisha Sundaram also advanced after winning 8-5 against a doubles team from DePaul University. For the singles game, ninth-placed Sundaram earned a 6-1, 6-1 win against Hanover College, and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Augustana College. Bright earned a 7-6, 6-2 win over Denison University and added a 7-6, 6-1 win over Lake Forest College. Paolucci won against Denison University with a score of 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 64, but lost against Washington University in St. Louis 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 in the round of 32. Cardwell ended up with a score of 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 against Kenyon College, but turned it around after winning 6-2, 6-1 in the consolidation round over Trine University.

On Friday, Sept. 20, the doubles team of Cardwell and Sundaram, seeded fifth, advanced to the semifinals at the ITA Central Regionals in Kalamazoo. The doubles team advanced after winning 8-7 against Hope College and 8-5 against The University of Chicago (UChicago). They advanced to play the third-seeded doubles team from Kenyon in the semifinals. 

The doubles team of Paolucci and Bright won 8-5 against Kenyon, but fell to the fifth-seeded UChicago team 8-2 in the quarterfinals. In singles play, in the second round of the consolidation bracket, Cardwell won against Augustana 6-0, 6-2, and then won in the quarterfinals 7-6, 6-3 against Kenyon. She advanced to the consolidation semifinals.

At the semifinals of the ITA Regionals, the doubles team of Cardwell and Sundaram, seeded fifth, lost 8-3 to Kenyon. In the consolidation semifinals, Cardwell lost 7-5, 6-3 to DePaul. 

The CWRU men’s tennis team also had a successful weekend at the Rocket Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. First-year James Hopper and third-year Matthew Chen both were chosen to the All-Tournament team. First-year Diego Maza won every round at the Oberlin Invitational. 

The women’s team will play next at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, Oct. 5th in Pittsburgh. The men’s team will play at the 2019 ITA Fall Regional Championships hosted by Kalamazoo College in Michigan from Oct. 4 through Oct. 7.