Krimbill Named UAA Rookie of the Year; Program Record Six Spartan Men Named to All-Association Team

CJ Krimbill becomes the second-straight Spartan to be named UAA Rookie of the Year. (photo by Lynne Browske)
CJ Krimbill becomes the second-straight Spartan to be named UAA Rookie of the Year. (photo by Lynne Browske)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Led by a Rookie of the Year nod for freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team landed a program-record six players on the 2013 All-University Athletic Association Team announced by the league office on Thursday.

The program produced six total selections in 1999 and seven in 1994, but the six different players named to the team is the highest number in school history.

Krimbill becomes the team's second UAA Rookie of the Year in as many years after current sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), a second-team All-UAA pick this season, earned the honor last spring.

Joining Krimbill on the All-UAA First Team for second doubles is senior captain Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory).

Krimbill also earned second-team honors for first singles as did Drougas for second singles and junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) at fourth.

Second-team honors for first doubles went to senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton).

The Spartans (21-6), awaiting this coming Monday's announcement regarding a potential berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament, matched the best UAA finish (third) in program history during last weekend's championship.

Krimbill and Gerber went a combined 3-0 in the top doubles position at the event, and Krimbill was 2-1 in the No. 1 singles slot.

During his rookie campaign, Krimbill is tied with Klawitter for the team-best mark of 24-10 with 14 of his matches coming at No. 1. A UAA Player of the Week back in February, Krimbill also has a combined 30-7 record with various doubles partners. The first-year Spartan is ranked 11th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region for both singles and doubles.

Gerber, the all-time leader in program history with 138 combined victories, is 19-15 in singles play this season and 26-7 in doubles competition. Ranked 11th in the region in doubles with Krimbill, Gerber is a two-time UAA Player of the Week this season and was recently presented with CWRU's Bill Sudeck Outstanding Student-Athlete Award.  

Klawitter, also a second-team All-UAA pick for doubles last season, went a perfect 3-0 at No. 4 during the UAA Championship and is tied with Krimbill at 24-10 this season. Also 18-4 in doubles competition in 2012-13, Klawitter has a combined record of 93-52 with most of his time at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles.   

Drougas, last year's UAA Rookie of the Year, was 2-1 at the UAA Championship at No. 2 singles. An NCAA Championship qualifier in singles last spring, Drougas is ranked 15th in the region with a 23-12 record in the top two spots. In his two seasons, the second-year Spartan is 43-26 in singles and 16-12 in doubles.

Howe and Healey, the region's second ranked doubles tandem, posted a 2-1 mark at No. 1 at the UAA Championship. The duo is 9-5 at the top spot this season.

An NCAA Championship participant in doubles last spring, Healey has career marks of 48-28 in singles and 56-34 in doubles.

Howe, a senior captain, is 22-20 in singles and 62-42 in doubles.

The Spartans, ranked 13th in the nation and second in the region, figure to have an outstanding shot at the program's first-ever NCAA Championship team berth.