No. 21 Spartan Men Upset No. 13 CMU to Match Best Finish in Program History

Will Drougas at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information)
Will Drougas at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Freshman No. 1 singles player Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) clinched the winning point in the third set as the No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team upset No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in the third-place match of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanlando Park. The Spartans equal the top conference finish in program history and bolster their resume for an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (15-8 overall, 2-1 UAA) become the second team (1999) in school history to finish third at the UAA Championship. The second-seeded Tartans drop to 13-8 overall and 1-2 in the Association.

CMU grabbed a 2-1 lead in doubles action with Case's point coming at third position from senior co-captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey).

In singles, the Spartans moved ahead with wins at No. 6 by sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton), No. 4 by Patel and No. 5 by Klawitter to counter a CMU victory at No. 3.

With the score at 4-3, Drougas, No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, clinched the match with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win versus Duke Miller, No. 4 in the Atlantic South.

Senior Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was also still on the court, and the senior co-captain added the icing to the cake with a marathon 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory.

The Spartans now await word from the NCAA Championship selection committee with qualifying teams expected to be announced on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 p.m. on and individual qualifiers announced via press release on Wednesday, May 9.