ORANGE, Calif. – Led by two wins apiece from freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey), the No. 7 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team earned a 9-0 dual match win versus host Chapman University during the team's spring break trip on Thursday.
With the victory, the Spartans, also ranked No. 3 in the rugged Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, improve to 13-3 overall. With the loss, the Panthers, the 14th-ranked team in the ITA West Region, fall to 3-3.
Case picked up all six singles points without dropping a set. Krimbill improved to a team-best 20-5 overall in singles play with a win in the top position versus Troy Akin (6-0, 6-3), while sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) was a winner in the No. 2 slot (6-3, 6-2) versus Kyle Coates. At No. 3, junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) edged past Brett Buford (6-4, 6-4), while Gerber was a winner at fourth singles against Nick Mulflur (6-4, 6-3).
At fifth singles, Klawitter breezed past Chris Williams (6-1, 6-2), while freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) logged a win in the final singles slot versus Sam Farzani (6-1, 6-4).
The Spartans also picked up all three doubles points. At No. 1, junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) took an 8-0 decision versus Akin and Buford. Gerber and senior Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) also scored a win at second doubles, 8-5, versus Coates and Williams, while Krimbill and Klawitter rounded out the win with an 8-2 decision versus Mulflur and Zach Resnick.
The Spartans are back in action on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. PDT versus No. 4 nationally-ranked and host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College in the Stag-Hen Invitational. The invitational will feature eight top-25 teams as the winners and losers of the respective matches between CWRU/C-M-S and No. 1 Kenyon College and No. 24 Skidmore College will play each other at appoximately 1:30 p.m. PDT.