ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Brandeis University men's tennis team dropped a marathon match today in the battle for fifth place in the University Athletic Association, 6-3, against Case Western Reserve University. The Judges – ranked 14th in Division III - close their regular season with a 14-5 record, their highest win total since 2000-01. Case Western Reserve – ranked 21st nationally – finishes at 17-10.
This was the fourth-straight year that Brandeis and CWRU met in the fifth-place match. The Judges continued their stellar doubles play, as they finished the season with the lead after doubles for the 18th time in 19 matches. Although the Spartans got on the board first with an 8-4 win at No. 1 by the team of James Fojtasek and Anthony Kanam, the Judges answered at Nos. 2 and 3. Juniors Jackson Kogan (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Windward School) and Tyler Ng (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) won an 8-6 decision, while rookies Nikhil Das (Smithfield, R.I./Moses Brown School) and Rajan Vohra (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) secured the lead with an 8-5 victory.
In singles action, Case Western Reserve quickly took the lead, winning the only two straight-set matches of the day. Kanam knocked off Vohra, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3, while Siddharth Rajupet defeated sophomore Benjamin Wolfe (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon), 6-4, 6-1.
The remaining matches all saw Brandeis win the first set and CWRU take the second. Unfortunately for the Judges, they were only able to convert one of those three-setters into victory. At No. 2, Kogan picked up the win, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to even the match again at 3-3. The Spartans went back on top at No. 4, where Sam Concannon defeated Das, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Brandeis had a chance to win the final two matches, but Ng fell behind by a break early in the third against Jonathan Powell at No. 5, suffering a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to clinch the match for CWRU. At No. 1, Fojtasek fended off Brandeis sophomore David Aizenberg (Highland, Park, Ill./Highland Park), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, at the end of the match to close out the 6-3 score.