Women’s tennis starts fall season against tough competition

Riley Simko, Staff Reporter

The Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team started their season at the Oberlin Invitational last weekend, winning several singles and doubles matches over the two days of competition.

The women’s team ended last season as a top-15 team in Division III and seek to maintain their reputation going into this season. Overall, women’s doubles duos went 5-7 over the weekend, with eight players coming home with at least one win each.

Jessica Liu, a fourth-year player, went 2-1 in her singles matches, winning against fellow fourth-year student Sheridan McLean from the University of Findlay. In her doubles match with partner Madeline Paolucci, a second-year student, the two lost to Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Katya Minchenkova and Thais Andreotti. But Paolucci faced off again with Andreotti in the singles play, and bested her with scores of 9-2 and 11-2, securing a singles win for the Spartan women.

Liu is continuing an impressive career. Her 0.635 singles winning percentage is the ninth-best in CWRU women’s tennis history, and she only needs 26 singles wins to earn the school record for career wins in women’s tennis. Her 0.723 doubles winning percentage is the all-time best at CWRU.

First-year student Shreyaa Mukund started her college tennis career with a win over third-year student Rainie Heck from Oberlin College. Mukund joined teammate and first-year student Sneha Karnam for another triumph in their doubles match against Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Mariana Valenzuela and Maria Magraner with a score of 8-4.

Fellow first-year student Nidhi Jha bested Oberlin’s Delaney Black in her singles match on Saturday before falling to Slippery Rock University’s internationally acclaimed Lois Page in their Sunday singles match.

First-year duo Eliza Georgiades and Kristin Jones won their doubles match against Heck and teammate Alandria Bellamy of Oberlin.

With such a young team, there is much room to grow. Of the nine players on the roster, there is only one fourth-year player, while the rest are first-year or second-year students. The talent is there, but it is raw and will need to be developed.

After a week without competition, the women’s tennis team will travel to Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Fall Championships. The players will compete in matches from Sept. 21 through 24, squaring off against Division III teams from across the region.