No. 7 Spartans Conclude Hope/Kalamazoo Shootout with Pair of 7-2 Wins

Christopher Krimbill
Christopher Krimbill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 7 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team picked up a pair of 7-2 dual match wins on Saturday to wrap up the two-day Hope/Kalamazoo Shootout with a perfect 5-0 record and an unblemished 11-0 overall mark this season.

The Spartan men bested No. 12 regionally-ranked Luther College (Iowa) in the morning match held at Hope College inside the DeWitt Tennis Center, then moved just down the road and cruised past host and No. 9 regionally-ranked Kalamazoo College inside the Markin Center.

Case, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region's third-ranked team, picked up five of the six singles points versus the Norse (2-3). Sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the region's No. 17 ranked player, started things off in Case's favor at first singles with a victory versus No. 20 Ramesh Karki by a score of 7-5, 6-2. At No. 2, freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) moved his dual match record to 15-4 overall with a 6-4, 6-0 victory versus Nick Mozena.

Senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory), the region's No. 7 ranked player, blanked Matthew Bellio at third singles, 6-0, 6-0, while freshman Santiago Guerra (Midland, Mich./Herbert Henry Dow) picked up his fourth win of the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 decision versus Torstein Jystad at No. 4. Luther claimed a point at No. 5, but freshman Viswajit Simhadri (Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook) finished things off with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 versus Quinn Foley.

The Spartans earlier recorded two of the three doubles points. Gerber and junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton), the region's No. 10 tandem, took an 8-4 decision versus Karki and Foley. The Norse scored a win at second doubles, but the duo of junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and Drougas picked up the final team point with an 8-1 decision versus Sean Brown and Sam Cychosz.

In the evening matchup versus the Hornets (1-3), the duo of seniors Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) garnered the first doubles point with an 8-2 victory versus Max Manley and Robert Hudson at No. 3. Krimbill and Gerber picked up a point at No. 2 with an 8-3 decision versus Alan Faber and David DiSimone, while the team of Healey and Klawitter made it a clean sweep with an 8-5 triumph in the top slot.

During singles play, Gerber was the first to finish with a 6-0, 6-1 victory versus Mike Korn at No. 3, while the fifth point of the match for the Spartans came from Krimbill, a winner of nine-straight matches, at No. 2 via a 6-1, 6-1 decision versus Steve Hanselman. The Hornets grabbed their points at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively.

However, freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) snatched the sixth point of the match for Case at No. 6 via a 6-3, 6-2 win versus Faber, while junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor), who moved to 12-4 in singles play this season, closed out the match with a marathon three-set win by scores of 7-5, 6-7 (3-7) and 10-4.

The Spartans have a week off from action before they head to the west coast as part of their annual spring break trip. The team will kick off the trip with a Saturday, March 9 matchup with No. 29 nationally-ranked Whittier College (Calif.) in Los Angeles. The match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. PST.