A Page -- April 27, 2012 -- AM Edition

(L-R): Alex and Erika Lim (photo by Ryan Baker) 
Spartan Women Set for 2012 UAA Championship

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team has drawn the No. 7 seed for the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship scheduled for this Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The Spartans will play No. 2 seed and No. 4 nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in their opening match on Friday at 1:30 p.m.. Case enters ranked No. 10 in the Central Region in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, while Carnegie Mellon starts tournament play at No. 2 in the Atlantic South region.

The UAA Championship is one of the premier Division III tennis tournaments in the country with five of the Association's teams ranked in the top-20 nationally and four in the top 11.

"This team has grown with all of its experiences, not only across the region, but also nationally," said fourth-year Head Coach Todd Wotjkowski. "We must continue to build on those successes and focus on an upward trend headed into the UAA Tournament this weekend."

Leading the Spartan charge in Florida will be junior No. 1 Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union), ranked 10th in the region with a career-high 21 wins (21-8), including a 16-5 dual match in first position. Freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) will duke it out at No. 2 with a 17-10 overall record, while junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) solidifies the top-three flights with a 13-4 record at No. 3.

Freshman Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) will play No. 4 after a fine rookie campaign (18-6) that saw her break sister Erika's freshman wins record, while junior captain Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) round out the lineup with 17-7 and 17-8 records, respectively.

In doubles play, the Lim sisters are fifth in the region at No. 1 teaming up together for an impressive 17-4 mark, while Evers and Patel will likely play No. 2. The No. 3 flight will likely feature Pham and Bonnano, as the duo amassed a 15-3 record this season including a near-perfect 11-1 dual match record.

"On the women's side, four or possibly five teams could make the NCAA Tournament as the UAA is such a strong conference," noted Wotjkowski. "We must battle for every point, and if we do so, I feel we are well-equipped to accomplish our goals of contending for a UAA title and possibly an NCAA Tournament berth."
The winner of the Case-CMU match plays the winner of No. 3 seed University of Chicago (Ill.) and No. 6 seed University of Rochester on Friday at 1:30 p.m.


No. 21 Spartan Men Set for UAA Championship Tournament

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team looks primed to contend for a top spot at the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Will Drougas (photo by James Drougas) 

The Spartans enter the field as the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed and No. 30 nationally-ranked Chicago in the opening round on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Case enters ranked No. 3 in the Central Region in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, while Chicago checks in at No. 6.



One of the premier Division III tennis tournaments in the country, five of the Association's teams begin play ranked in the ITA National Top 30.



"This team has continually made great strides both individually and as a whole," said fourth-year Head Coach Todd Wotjkowski. "We need to continue this focus and a positive trend this upcoming weekend as we navigate through the always tough UAA Tournament."



Leading the way at the top of the Spartan singles lineup will be freshman Will Drougas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/drougas%20will%201loa> (Roanoke, Va./Salem), ranked No. 6 in the region having posted a team-best 18 wins (18-12)  with an 8-4 mark at the No. 1 position. Senior co-captain Sean Carr<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/carr%20sean%201zfu> (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) will likely play No. 2 with a 12-13 overall record, while junior Kyle Gerber<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/gerber%20kyle%20tl2z> (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) or senior co-captain Rohan Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/patel%20rohan%20hyx1> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) will round out the upper half of the lineup at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.



The final two singles spots will likely be played by sophomores Eric Klawitter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/klawitter%20eric%20g9jk> (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton). Klawitter posted a 14-10 record this season while was 14-7, including an 8-1 record at No. 6.



In doubles play, Healey and Gerber are second in the region with an 11-3 mark, while Carr and junior Richard Brunsting<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/brunsting%20richard%20odi2> (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) will play No. 2 with a 9-4 record. The No. 3 flight will likely feature Patel and either Klawitter or Drougas.



"This weekend also has huge NCAA Tournament implications, and those that are close to the program know that I have not had a haircut in 11 months," joked Wotjkowski. "The deal is if we make the NCAA tourney, I can finally cut my hair and that would be great."



The Spartans defeated Chicago less than two weeks ago by a score of 7-2. The winner of the rematch plays the winner of No. 1 seed Emory University (Ga.) and No. 8 seed University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.



'Berg Softball Splits with Otterbein; 

Strongsville's Huffman triples in key run; 

Euclid's Okorn goes 2-for-3



TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University softball team split an Ohio Athletic
Conference doubleheader today against Otterbein University at Peaceful
Valley in Tiffin, Ohio.  The Berg won the first game, 4-2, but Otterbein
came back to take the nightcap, 4-3.
 
Huffmann (L), Okorn (R)


Otterbein (24-14, 9-7) scored two unearned runs in the top of the second
inning, but Heidelberg (16-18, 6-9 OAC) cut the deficit in half in the third
when senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) singled in sophomore
center fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel).

The Berg rallied for three runs in the fifth, including a run batted-in
triple by sophomore shortstop Erica Huffman (Strongsville) for what would
prove to be the 4-2 final.

Wagner went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one and Artino was 3-for-3 with a
double.

Junior southpaw Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) allowed nine hits and struck
out four in a complete game effort and improved to 6-7.

Erin Carpenter was 3-for-4 for the Cardinals.

Maggie McMahan, who also scored a run, pitched 4.2 innings and allowed all
four 'Berg runs (two earned) on 10 hits while striking out five and walking
four and fell to 6-5.

In game two, a two-run home run by Artino-her team-high-tying seventh of the
season-in the first inning and another run in the second got the Berg off to
a 3-0 lead.

In the third, a RBI triple by Carpenter and a run-scoring single by Kayla
Woodard got Otterbein on the board, and the Cardinals took a 4-3 lead in the
fourth when Laura Basford singled in a run and Casey Clarridge doubled in
another.

Cardinal pitcher Chelsea Burns held the Berg at bay throughout the final
three frames to secure the win.

Wagner was 2-for-4 in the second game and sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn
(Euclid) was 2-for-3.

Sayre also started the second game, allowing all four runs (three earned) on
five hits in 3.1 innings and took the loss.  Senior righty Lexie Pinkelman
(Metamora/Evergreen) pitched the final 3.2 innings and struck out four.

Clarridge was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run for the Cardinals.  Carpenter
went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Burns pitched 5.1 innings in relief and struck out seven and earned the win
to improve to 4-4.

The Berg wraps up OAC play Saturday in a doubleheader at John Carroll
University before closing the regular season Monday against The College of
Wooster on Senior Night.

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