CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 12 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team split a pair of matches on Friday during the opening day of the 2013 Stag-Hen Invitational hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. The Spartans fell by a 9-0 score in the quarterfinals to the No. 4 nationally-ranked and host Stags before edging past No. 25 Skidmore College (N.Y.) in the ensuing round at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center, 5-4.
With the split, the Spartans, who recently moved up a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional ranking, move to 14-4 overall in dual matches.
In the morning match with the Stags, the Spartans' No. 1 duo of junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) along with the No. 3 tandem of seniors Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) came the closest to scoring a point, but both teams fell by identical 8-5 scores.
In singles, C-M-S (7-1) was victorious in straight sets during five of the six matches with senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) taking Alex Lane the distance at No. 4 before falling by scores of 6-3, 6-7, 10-4.
Versus Skidmore, Krimbill and Gerber were victorious in doubles at No. 2 (8-5), while Solove and senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead headed to singles with an 8-3 win at No. 3 as the Thoroughbreds garnered the point in the top slot.
Skidmore tied the match at 2-2 with a win at No. 1 singles, but Case regained the advantage when sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) battled Jimmy Sherpa for three sets before the second-year Spartan prevailed by scores of 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
In the back-and-forth contest, the Thoroughbreds collected a pair of wins at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, but Healey knotted the match at No. 5 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory versus Gabe Steerman. With the match tied at 4-4, junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) logged a marathon match with Kit Green-Sanderson, but the third-year Spartan clinched the team victory via scores of 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2.
The Spartans will play at 9:30 a.m. PDT in the final day of the Stag-Hen Invitational with an opponent and venue yet to be announced.