Gerber and Patel Move Up Career Wins Leaderboard as Spartans Cruise Past Wittenberg, 9-0

Rohan Patel
Rohan Patel

GAMBIER, Ohio – Junior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and senior co-captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each moved up the career wins leaderboard with a pair of victories as the No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team closed out the regular season with a 9-0 sweep of Wittenberg University on Saturday. The match was moved to a neutral location at Kenyon College due to inclement weather.

The Spartans, also ranked No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central region, finish their regular season schedule at 13-7 overall, while the Tigers fall to 16-7.

Gerber's two victories give him 91 for his career, and move him into sole possession of second place on the all-time CWRU list. Patel increased his wins total to 89, passing Ameet Karambelkar (1998-2002) for third place. Ben Sinder (2003-07) is the program's all-time wins leader at 97.

Gerber became just the second player in program history to reach 90 wins when he teamed with junior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) for an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. He later earned his 91st win with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Sam Wilke at third singles.

Patel tied Karambelkar for third place all-time as he paired with junior Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles versus Wittenberg's Wilke and Alexey Topolyanskiy. Patel later grabbed sole possession of third place with a straight-set 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles versus Sergio Fishkin.

Overall in singles play, Case didn't drop a set to Wittenberg. Freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), ranked No. 6 in the Central region, started things off at first singles with a victory versus Ian Streicker by a score of 6-3, 6-4. At No. 2 singles, senior co-captain Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) bested Topolyanskiy by a 6-1, 6-2 tally.

In the fifth slot, sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) took down Tyler Strong in a pro-set final 8-0, while sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) completed the sweep at sixth singles, 8-1, versus Jonathan Mueller.

The Spartans also picked up the other doubles points as Carr and junior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) secured an 8-1 decision at No. 1.

With the regular season complete, the Spartans will now set their sights on the University Athletic Association Championship, which runs this Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.