ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – In its opening match of the University Athletic Association Championship Tournament, the No. 10 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team breezed past No. 17 University of Chicago by a 7-2 tally on Thursday morning at Sanlando Park. The fourth-seeded Spartans advance to play top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Friday at 2:00 p.m.
The Spartans improve to 15-5 overall, while the Maroons drop to 9-9. CWRU has finished in third place at the UAA Championship in each of the last two seasons. The Spartans have defeated Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in the third-place match of each season.
Versus Chicago, CWRU took a 2-1 lead after doubles with wins from the partnerships of sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) & senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and freshman James Fojtasek (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods) & sophomore Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest). Krimbill and Klawitter won 8-5 at No. 1 over Chicago's Deepak Sabada and Sven Kranz, while Fojtasek and Stuerke earned a 8-4 victory at No. 3.
The Spartans then won five of the six singles matches, with wins coming from Krimbill, Klawitter, Fojtasek, junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) and senior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor).
Krimbill won in three-sets against Sabada by scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to earn the Spartans' seventh point. Fojtasek earned the fifth and deciding point for CWRU at No. 5 with a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Drougas, Klawitter and Reinbold each won their respective matches in two sets.
CWRU's Friday opponent, Washington U. defeated Brandeis University (Mass.) by a score of 8-1 on Thursday. The Spartans and Bears played once this year in Chicago, but the match was cancelled after doubles competition due to inclement weather. Play will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.