CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Earlham College men's tennis opened its spring 2019 slate with a pair of losses on Saturday, falling to No. 18 Case Western Reserve, 9-0, and to in-state rival Wabash College, 6-3, at the Collett Tennis Center.
AGAINST THE SPARTANS
Earlham's best chance for an upset in doubles play came at no. 1 doubles, where Aitor Zerdilas-Herrera and Nikolaos Trikkas-Psomas dropped an 8-4 decision to the top Case Western Reserve duo of Zach Hennessey and Anthony Kanam.
In singles play, Zerdilas-Herrera fell to Kanam, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) at no. 1 singles, in the Quakers' tightest match of the day.
Case improved to 2-0 with its win over Earlham, including a victory over Wabash earlier in the day. The Spartans also recorded a 9-0 win over Rose-Hulman later in the day.
AGAINST THE LITTLE GIANTS
Zerdilas-Herrera and Jason Lawson nearly pulled off the upset at no. 2 doubles, eventually falling 8-7 (7-2) to Wabash's no. 2 team of Andrew Denning and Duncan Roy. Adarsh Singh and Nicola Manni successfully grabbed a point for the Quakers at no. 3 doubles, downing the Wabash tandem of Evan Frank and Nieshaal Thambipillay by an 8-3 score.
Moving into singles play, Earlham points at both no. 4 and no. 6. Singh charted a lop-sided 6-1, 6-2 win at no. 6 singles, while Trikkas-Psomas rallied to take the Little Giants' Roy into the super-tiebreak before recording the 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 triumph at no. 4 singles.
Earlham opens the spring slate with an 0-2 mark against a pair of tough opponents.
The Quakers will head to North Ridgeville, Ohio, next Saturday, Feb. 16, to face the College of Wooster and Franciscan University of Steubenville at the North Ridge Tennis & Golf Club.