CLEVELAND – The No. 9-ranked University of Chicago tennis teams continued their weekend in Ohio with two more victories at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday.
The Maroon men (4-0 record) were first up in the playing order and they came out firing in doubles. UChicago went up 3-0 with a doubles sweep by scores of 8-4, 8-6 and 8-3. Singles was a closer ordeal; Case Western Reserve took the opening set in three out of six matches. But the visitors were able to clinch the match early as sophomore Erik Kerrigan (No. 3) and first-year Jeremy Yuan (No. 4) cruised through their matches while dropping only seven games combined.
Even with the win in hand, UChicago closed well. Seniors Nicolas Chua and Luke Tsai, along with first-year Alejandro Rodriguez, won 7-6 tiebreakers in the second sets of their matches. Chua and Tsai went on to seize their third-set super tiebreakers as well at the top of the lineup. Chua, Yuan and Kerrigan picked up multiple wins on the day.
"The men really came to play today and took a step forward as a team," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "For them to go on the road and beat a very good Case team that had our number in the past is very encouraging. We played disciplined, physical, tough tennis and found a way to win the close matches. We will enjoy this one for a few hours and then come back ready for Oberlin tomorrow morning."
The women's night match saw the Maroons (5-0 record) take a 2-1 lead after doubles. Sophomore Marjorie Antohi and first-year Claire Handa squeaked out a 9-8 win at the No. 1 position, while sophomores Estefania Navarro and Alyssa Rudin blew past their No. 3 opponents 8-1.
UChicago then won the next three singles matches to secure the team win. Antohi rolled at No. 1 singles by scores of 6-2, 6-0. Handa and first-year Catherine Xu only surrendered five games apiece in their straight-sets victories at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Navarro also got a win at No. 4 (7-6, 6-0).
"Our goal heading into the match was to be one ball tougher than the other team and we accomplished that tonight," said Assistant Coach Kris Powell. "Case is a good team and playing them on their home courts is never easy because they always bring a big crowd out. Despite those obstacles, the women played with unbelievable toughness and grit and brought home a W."
Men: UChicago 8, Case Western Reserve 1
1. Nicolas Chua (UC) def. James Fojtasek (CWR) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 10-8
2. Luke Tsai (UC) def. Matt Chen (CWR) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-7
3. Erik Kerrigan (UC) def. Rob Stroup (CWR) 6-3, 6-1
4. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Siddharth Rajupet (CWR) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alejandro Rodriguez (UC) def. Sam Concannon (CWR) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Anthony Kanam (CWR) def. Ninan Kumar (UC) 6-2, 6-2
1. Nicolas Chua/Ninan Kumar (UC) def. James Fojtasek/Matt Chen (CWR) 8-4
2. Tyler Raclin/Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Sam Concannon/Anthony Kanam (CWR) 8-6
3. Erik Kerrigan/Abhin Sharma (UC) def. Neil Mabee/Zach Hennessey (CWR) 8-3
Women: UChicago 6, Case Western Reserve 3
1. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Nithya Kanagasegar (CWR) 6-2, 6-0
2. Claire Handa (UC) def. Madeleine Paolucci (CWR) 6-3, 6-2
3. Catherine Xu (UC) def. Mira Amin (CWR) 6-2, 6-3
4. Estefania Navarro (UC) def. Nicole Cardwell (CWR) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
5. Nina Cepeda (CWR) def. Alyssa Rudin (UC) 6-2, 3-6, 10-3
6. Peyton Young (CWR) def. Daryn Ellison (UC) 6-3, 6-4
1. Marjorie Antohi/Claire Handa (UC) def. Nithya Kanagasegar/Madeleine Paolucci (CWR) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Peyton Young/Nicole Cardwell (CWR) def. Catherine Xu/Laura Gutierrez (UC) 9-7
3. Estefania Navarro/Alyssa Rudin (UC) def. Jessica Liu/Katrin Gurvich (CWR) 8-1
- WOMEN: Sunday, Feb. 11 @ 10:00 AM (ET) – UChicago vs. Trinity University Texas (at Cleveland, Ohio)
- MEN: Sunday, Feb. 11 @ 10:00 AM (ET) – UChicago vs. Oberlin College (at Cleveland, Ohio)