GAMBIER, Ohio – Playing a dual match for the first time in three weeks, the No. 13 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team fell by a narrow 6-3 tally at No. 2 Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon at the Jasper Tennis Center.
In a battle of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region's top-two teams, the Spartans fall to 15-5 overall, while the Lords improve to 12-3.
Case raced out to a 2-1 lead in doubles competition with wins at the first and second positions. Junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 1 versus Michael Razumovsky and Sam Geier. At No. 2, senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) were victorious by an 8-1 tally C.J. Williams and Paul Bergin.
In the third slot, the duo of seniors Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) battled back and forth with the Lord tandem of Kevin Ye and Wade Heerboth. However, the Kenyon duo was victorious in the tiebreaker by a 9-7 count and to get the hosts on the scoreboard.
In singles action, the Lords took a 4-2 lead with victories in the No. 4, No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Not done yet, junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) cut the Kenyon advantage to 4-3 in the No. 5 spot with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory versus Tim Rosensteel.
However, the Lords claimed the final two points at the top and the bottom of the lineup for the 6-3 victory.
The Spartans will finally open the home portion of their spring schedule on Wednesday, April 10 with a 2:00 p.m. match versus Wittenberg University followed immediately by a 5:00 p.m. contest with Oberlin College.