No. 7 Spartan Men Suffer Pair of 7-2 Setbacks Versus Nationally-Ranked Foes

Christopher Krimbill
Christopher Krimbill

REDLANDS, Calif. – The No. 7 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team suffered its first dual match losses for the season with a pair of 7-2 setbacks versus No. 8 Trinity University (Texas) and No. 17 University of Redlands on Monday during spring break action at the Verdieck Courts.

With the setbacks, the Spartans fall to 12-2 overall and see a 13-match winning streak snapped that dated back to the final dual of last season during the University Athletic Association Championship.

In the day's first tilt, the Tigers (7-8) grabbed all three points during doubles play by narrow counts of 8-5 at No. 1, 8-6 at No. 2 and 9-7 at No. 3.

In singles, Case sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the Central Region's No. 17 player, grabbed a point at No. 2 via a 6-4, 7-5 decision versus Erick DelaFuente, the West's 16th-ranked player.

The Spartans managed their second team point of the match at No. 6 when junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) earned a 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 victory versus the West's No. 9 ranked player in Charlie Curtis.

Versus Redlands (5-3), the hosts grabbed two of the three doubles points with the Spartans lone win coming at No. 2 from the tandem of freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) via an 8-6 tally versus Nick Cummins and Teddy Jones.

In singles, Krimbill improved to 2-0 for the match in the No. 2 slot with a 6-2, 6-2 victory versus Cummins.  

Case looks to get back on the winning path, but it won't come easy versus No. 5 Bowdoin College (Maine) tomorrow morning. First serve versus the Polar Bears is set for 9:30 a.m. PDT in Claremont, California.