Spartan Men's Tennis Earns First-Ever ITA National Ranking

SKILLMAN, N.J. – For the first time in program history, the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team is ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National poll. The Spartans, ranked 21st, are one of six University Athletic Association schools to appear in the poll.

The Spartans are 4-3 overall in dual matches and have won three straight, including a pair versus top 30 competition. Case's three dual losses have come to one Division I opponent and two teams ranked in the top 17 of Division III.

In addition to their dual match schedule, the Spartans have competed at several D-I invitationals and the ITA Central Region Championship.

Sophomore No. 5 singles player Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) and freshman No. 6 Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey) are tied for the team lead with nine wins apiece. Freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) is 8-6, competing mostly at second singles.

Healey and sophomore Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) boast the team's top doubles record at 9-7 and were ranked sixth in the Central Region during the last doubles poll in the fall.

The Spartans are back in action on their annual Spring Trip on Monday, March 7. Case will square off with another D-I opponent in The Citadel at 2:00 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina.