WHITTIER, Calif. – Junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) claimed the fifth point to lift the No. 7 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team to a 6-3 victory versus host and No. 27 Whittier College in its spring trip opener on the west coast Saturday afternoon at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.
The Spartans remain perfect at 12-0 overall in dual matches, including a 6-0 record versus nationally-ranked foes, while the Poets fall to 2-3.
With Case ahead by a narrow 4-3 count, Reinbold battled Samuel Farmer in a three-set marathon match. The third-year Spartan took the opening set by a 6-3 count, but Farmer sent the match into a decisive third set with a 6-2 win in set number two. During the final set, the two players went back and forth with Reinbold securing the team point and the team decision by the slightest of margins, 7-6 (8-6).
Case grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles competition with victories at No. 2 and No.3. Whittier opened the match with a point in the top slot, but the duo of senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) evened the match at No. 2 by a count of 8-3. In the third position, seniors Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) gave the team a lead headed into singles action via a 9-8 (7-3) victory.
In singles play, freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) started things off for the visitors with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 6 versus Bo Brynteson. After Whittier pulled to within one via a win at No. 4, sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) answered with a key team point at No. 2 versus David Konstantinov by a 6-4, 6-4 score.
The Poets posted a victory at No. 3 to pull within one again at 4-3. However, Reinbold grabbed the fifth team point at No. 5, and Krimbill tallied the sixth team marker with a three-set victory by scores of 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in the top flight versus Julien Seneviratne.
The Spartans have a day off and return to action Monday, March 10 with a pair of matches at the University of Redlands versus nationally-ranked opponents in No. 8 Trinity University (Texas) at 9:00 a.m. PST and No. 17 Redlands at 3:00 p.m. PST.