November 13, 2013

Spartan Men Ranked 13th in First 2013-14 ITA National Poll

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The initial Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings for the 2013-14 season have been released, and the Case Western Reserve University men are No. 13 in the nation.

The Spartans, who competed at three premier programs this fall, ended last spring ranked No. 14 in the national poll. Earlier last season, the team reached as high as No. 7 – the top ranking in school history.

Led by sixth-year Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski, the Spartans are also ranked No. 3 in a loaded ITA Central Region that includes two of the top five teams in the nation.

Two Spartan men are ranked nationally and regionally as individuals and as part of doubles partnerships. Two others join their teammates in the regional rankings.

"The fall rankings are a great way to reward the individuals for their performances in the regional tournaments," said Wojtkowski. "As we expected, our top two players are two of the top players in the country, and I can surely see them climbing up those rankings as the season starts rolling in February. 

Regionally we seem to have kept ourselves on par with where we left off last year, possibly even a little better. A lot of how we improve in both rankings will depend greatly on the work our athletes put in this offseason to be ready for the ITA National Indoor Championship."

Sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), last year's ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, is ranked 44th nationally and 11th in the region. Krimbill went 8-2 versus top-flight competition in the fall.  

Junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) ranks 48th in the nation and 12th regionally after an 8-3 fall season. Senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) is ranked 14th in the region after a 9-2 performance this fall that included a first-place finish in the B division at the Kenyon College Invitational.

The doubles partnerships of Klawitter and Krimbill as well as Drougas and senior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) are ranked 13th and 15th in the region, respectively. Klawitter and Krimbill went 2-1 in the fall. Drougas and Healey finished with a 4-1 record.

The Spartans open the spring 2014 portion of the schedule in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 15 with matches versus the University of Pennsylvania and Binghamton University (N.Y.). The following weekend, the team hosts seven of the other top teams from around the nation for the 2014 ITA DIII National Team Indoor Championship at Mayfield Village Racquet Club.