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Seven-to-five job

Men's tennis moves up in conference tourney

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 4/24/09 Section: Sports
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The Spartans finished fifth at the UAA conference tournament last weekend, up two spots from last year.
Media Credit: Denton Zhou
The Spartans finished fifth at the UAA conference tournament last weekend, up two spots from last year.

In previous years, the men's tennis team finished seventh out of eight in the UAA conference championships - but not this year. This year, the Spartans refused to settle; instead, they were able to penetrate the rankings and finish fifth in the championship. The Spartans first matched up against the University of Chicago, then the University of Rochester, before finally playing New York University in the fifth-place match on April 18.

"I am very proud that the boys were able to accomplish as much as they did this year," said Case head coach Todd Wojtkowski. "Our seniors really went out in a great way and worked harder than they ever thought imaginable for themselves."

The first match was against the nationally ranked No. 18 Chicago. The Spartans lost 7-2. However, the Spartans had an impressive highlight when senior Adam Erickson paired up with freshman Paul Smetona for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles. Chicago's team would not go further after their win against the Spartans; they lost to No. 15 Carnegie Mellon University in the UAA third-place match.The Spartans bounced back quickly from their loss to Chicago with a win against Rochester. Not only did the Spartans win, but they swept No. 2 through no. 6 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Senior Allen Ye had an impressive double-threat contribution against Rochester, first by defeating Rochester's Brian Schmeer 6-2 and 6-0. Next, Ye paired up with fellow Erickson for an 8-1 victory in No. 2 doubles. Rochester has finished as the UAA runner up six times in the past, and most recently in 2005. This is the second time the Spartans faced Rochester this season, and in both cases the Spartans ended up on top.

After defeating Rochester, the Spartans continued on in the tournament to play New York University. NYU first played and defeated Brandeis University for their first match of the day, but were unable to keep a winning streak going as the Spartans decisively shut down the NYU squad. NYU could not gain a victory in either the first two completed singles matches or the three doubles matches. Because of this, the match was called at 5-0.
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