Case Western Reserve pulls upset
Patel's victory powers Spartans past No. 16 Mary Washington
LEXINGTON, Va. -- No. 23 Case Western Reserve responded to a recent four-place drop in the national rankings with a 5-4 upset of No. 16 Mary Washington on Friday afternoon at the Duchossois Athletics Facility.
Senior captain Rohan Patel broke a 4-4 tie with a straight-set victory at No. 4 singles to clinch the upset.
The Spartans (9-5 overall) dropped from No. 19 to No. 23 in the ITA poll released on Thursday. Friday's upset of Mary Washington (4-5) evened the Spartans' record to 2-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season.
Case grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles competition with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. In first position, the region's No. 3-ranked duo of John Healey and Kyle Gerber won by a count of 8-5. In second position, Sean Carr and Richard Brunsting claimed a 8-2 victory .
Singles play went back-and-forth and the Spartans picked up key points by Will Drougas and Healey.
Drougas defeated Sam Wichlin 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1, while Healey knocked off Donato Rizzolo by an identical count at No. 6.
Patel then clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Tyler Carey.