From University of Chicago Athletics
One day after earning its first ever team win at the ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship, the University of Chicago men's tennis team took down another nationally-ranked opponent with a 7-2 win over Case Western Reserve University on Saturday.
The No. 6-ranked Maroons are now 7-0 on the season, while the No. 14-ranked Spartans (2-1) absorbed their first loss.
UChicago came in as the No. 4 seed while Case entered as the No. 8 seed in the eight-team field. The Spartans had upset No. 3-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Friday, while the Maroons had beaten No. 8-ranked Trinity University (Texas).
The Maroons relied on another good start at doubles to take the lead. In a matchup of two of the top doubles teams in the nation, the sophomore duo of Nicolas Chua and David Liu came through once against their Case counterparts at the No. 1 spot. The Maroon pairing took down CJ Krimbill/Louis Stuerke by an 8-6 score. The No. 2 doubles tandem of freshman Charlie Pei and sophomore Peter Leung also secured a victory by an 8-4 margin.
Singles was dominated by the visitors, who took five out of the six matches. At the No. 5 spot, sophomore David Liu handled his match quickly 6-0, 6-2 to give the Maroons a 3-1 lead. Case's subsequent win at No. 1 was the last point the home side would get. Pei made it 4-2 with his triumph at No. 3 (6-4, 6-0), and his partner Leung clinched the match officially with a three-set win at No. 4. Junior Sven Kranz at No. 2 and freshman Max Liu at No. 6 provided the final wins of the day.
UChicago now advances to the championship match against conference rival and No. 5-ranked Emory University on Sunday morning.
"We knew going in that we were expecting a battle because every time we get together with Case, it's a barn burner," Head Coach Jay Tee said. "Once again today, we focused on our core principles and that helped us overcome a good team and a very hostile crowd. We shut out the outside distractions and only focused on the Maroons. We played very good doubles and came out in singles ready to take charge, which we did. Tomorrow will be a similar test with all of the extra stuff that will be going on, but we know exactly what to expect and how to handle it."
UChicago 7, Case 2
1. CJ Krimbill (CASE) def. Nicolas Chua (UC) 6-1, 6-4
2. Sven Kranz (UC) def. James Fojtasek (CASE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Charlie Pei (UC) def. Robert Stroup (CASE) 6-4, 6-0
4. Peter Leung (UC) def. Louis Stuerke (CASE) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. David Liu (UC) def. Kevin Dong (CASE) 6-0, 6-2
6. Max Liu (UC) def. Joshua Dughi (CASE) 6-1, 7-5
1. Nicolas Chua/David Liu (UC) def. CJ Krimbill/Louis Stuerke (CASE) 8-6
2. Charlie Pei/Peter Leung (UC) def. Adam Collins/Freddy Daum (CASE) 8-4
3. James Fojtasek/Phil Gruber (CASE) def. Sven Kranz/Gordon Zhang (UC) 8-6