CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State men's tennis team played their final non-league match of the season Saturday, as the shorthanded Vikings earned a 5-2 victory over Case Western. With the win, the Vikings now stand at 13-7 overall this season.
PDF BOX SCORE | Cleveland State 5, Case Western 2
· Clark Bilinovich picked up his team-leading 24th singles win of the season with a 6-3, 7-5 victory at No. 4 singles against Case.
· With a 6-3, 6-2 win at the top of the lineup, Matthew Terry notched his 19th singles win this year and picked up his 47th career victory.
· Luke Phillips earned a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot, picking up the 42nd singles win of his career.
· Following a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles, Benjamin Slade recorded the 75th singles win of his career, becoming the sixth Viking all-time to eclipse 75 career wins.
· Saturday's win over Case marked the 248th career victory for head coach Brian Etzkin.
For the ninth time this season the Vikings were able to get out to the early 1-0 lead after picking up the doubles point, earning matching 6-1 victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Against Case, Luke Phillips and Matthew Terry played at the No. 1 spot, while Nico Mostardi and Clark Bilinovich were in the lineup at the No. 3 spot.
Since the Vikings were playing with a shorthanded roster, Case Western was able to pick up a default win at the No. 6 spot, knotting the score at 1-1 as singles play began.
Although the Vikings were able to gain a 2-1 advantage following a 6-3, 6-2 win from Luke Phillips at No. 2 singles, Case was able to once again tie the score at 2-2 after picking up a win at the No. 5 spot.
Matthew Terry then gave the Vikings a 3-1 lead after picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory at the top of the singles lineup, and then a 6-3, 7-5 victory from Clark Bilinovich at the No. 4 spot clinched the match for Cleveland State.
The final point for the Vikings came from Benjamin Slade at the No. 3 spot, as he earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory helping the Vikings notch their fourth straight win as they improved to 7-2 at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion this season.
From The Sidelines
"The depth of our lineup was once again the key to the match today, we had people playing up a few spots in the lineup because of injury, and they were all ready for the task. We were able to get off to a good start following some sharp doubles play, which is something that we are continually working on in practice. It was good for us to play this match against a really good team in Case Western that plays with a lot of energy and determination, it will definitely prepare us for our last four league matches as we close out the regular season." – head coach Brian Etzkin
· Cleveland State will hit the road for a two-match roadswing next weekend, traveling to Northern Kentucky (Saturday, April 13) and Wright State (Sunday, April 14).
Doubles (1, 3)
1. Phillips/Terry (CSU) def. Powell/Kanam (CWRU), 6-1
2. Slade/Malm (CSU) vs. Chen/Hennessey (CWRU), 4-3, unf.
3. Mostardi/Bilinovich (CSU) def. Aduru/Umen (CWRU), 6-1
Singles (2, 5, 1, 4, 3)
1. Matthew Terry (CSU) def. Matthew Chen (CWRU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Luke Phillips (CSU) def. Aaron Umen (CWRU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Benjamin Slade (CSU) def. Anthony Kanam (CWRU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Clark Bilinovich (CSU) def. Sam Concannon (CWRU), 6-3, 7-5
5. Jonathan Powell (CWRU) def. William Malm (CSU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Chaitanya Aduru (CWRU) win by forfeit