CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 7 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team played its fourth-straight nationally-ranked opponent of its spring break trip to California, and for the second day and third match in a row, the Spartans were on the short end of the scoreboard, falling by the narrowest of margins, 5-4, to No. 5 Bowdoin College (Maine) on Tuesday afternoon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
The Spartans fall to 12-3 overall and will have a day off before returning to action on Thursday afternoon with a match versus Chapman University (Calif.). First serve is set for 2:00 p.m. PST.
Case raced out to a 2-1 lead after doubles competition with wins at the second and third positions. Senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) teamed up for an 8-5 win at No. 2 versus Samuel King and Noah Bragg. At No. 3, seniors Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) posted an identical score versus Casey Grindon and Chris Lord.
In singles action versus the Polar Bears (3-0), Krimbill led things off and gave Case a 3-1 advantage with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 versus Bragg. However, the Bowdoin answered with four-consecutive victories at No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 4, respectively, and secured the five team points needed to win the match.
Of note, the Spartans' fourth point came from junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) at No. 6 by scores of 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 versus Chase Savage.