No. 17 Spartan Men Earn Historic Victory Versus No. 4 Washington-St. Louis, 6-3

The Spartans earlier this fall at the program's annual Alumni, Family & Friends Weekend. (photo by Karyn Strauss)
The Spartans earlier this fall at the program's annual Alumni, Family & Friends Weekend. (photo by Karyn Strauss)

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The No. 17 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team turned in what was possibly the biggest win in program history with a 6-3 victory versus No. 4 Washington University-St. Louis during the third and final day of the 2013 DePauw Invitational at the Lilly Center.

With the victory, the Spartans, also ranked No. 3 in a loaded Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, remain perfect at 6-0.

The Bears, the region's second-ranked team, fall to 2-2.

In doubles play, the Spartans jumped out to a 2-1 lead as the second-ranked team in the region, junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), started at No. 1 with an 8-6 victory versus the No. 9 regionally-ranked team of Adam and Ross Putterman.

In the second slot, senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) recorded an 8-2 win versus Kevin Chu and Max Franklin before the Bears got on the scoreboard with an 8-3 win at No. 3.

In singles action, the Bears earned the first point to tie the score as No. 3 nationally-ranked Adam Putterman bested Drougas by a 6-3, 6-1 tally at No. 1.

However, Case rattled off four-straight victories with a trio coming in straight-sets. Gerber was victorious at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3) before Krimbill defeated the region's ninth-ranked player in Tim Noack at No. 3 (6-3, 1-6, 7-5).

Junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) then posted a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4, and junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) kept the momentum rolling with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory at No. 5. The Bears claimed their third and final team point in the sixth slot.

Scheduled to return to action next weekend, the Spartans will play five matches in two days during the Hope/Kalamazoo Shootout beginning on Friday, March 1 with a match versus Ohio Northern University at 12:00 p.m. in Michigan.