CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 12 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team rebounded from a pair of hard-fought matches Friday and cruised past No. 27 Swarthmore College by an 8-1 score in the fifth-place match of the 2013 Stag-Hen Invitational. The event was co-hosted by Pomona-Pitzer College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
The Spartans, who recently moved up a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region rankings, move to 15-4 overall in dual matches, while the Garnet fall to 3-5.
The invitational featured eight teams ranked in the ITA's Top 30 nationally. Host and No. 4 C-M-S claimed the title, while No. 2 Emory University (Ga.) was second. No. 1-ranked Kenyon College was third, No. 5 Bowdoin College (Maine) finished fourth and Case rounded out the top-five teams.
In doubles action on Saturday, all three Spartan duos were victorious by 8-3 scores. Seniors Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) were the first to finish at No. 3 versus Malik Mubeen and William Lennon, while the No. 2 duo of senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) bested Anthony Collard and Preston Poon.
Not to be outdone, the top tandem of junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and senior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) completed the sweep versus Max Sacks and Christian Carcione.
Ahead by three, the Spartans claimed the first two singles points and the team decision with victories from sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) at No. 2 (6-4, 6-1) and Healey at No. 5 (6-1, 7-6 (7-2)).
The Garnet got on the board with a victory in the top singles slot, but Gerber at No. 3 (4-6, 6-0, 6-0), junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) at No. 4 (6-3, 3-6, 7-5) and freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) at No. 6 provided the final three team points, respectively.
The Spartans head back from their west coast trip and have a two-week layoff before their next match scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at Allegheny College (Pa.). First serve in Meadville is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.