No. 13 Spartan Men Post Pair of 9-0 Victories Versus Regional Foes Wittenberg and Oberlin

(L-R): Chris Krimbill, Kyle Gerber and Eric Klawitter
(L-R): Chris Krimbill, Kyle Gerber and Eric Klawitter

OBERLIN, Ohio – The No. 13 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team posted a pair of 9-0 victories versus Wittenberg University and Oberlin College on Wednesday inside the John W. Heisman Field House.

The matches were originally scheduled to be contested on the Case Western Reserve campus at the Carlton Courts, but the threat of inclement weather forced the action indoors.

With the victories, the Spartans, also ranked No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Central region, improve to 17-5 in dual matches.

Versus Wittenberg (13-4), the Spartans earned all three doubles points. Case picked up wins from the No. 1 doubles duo of senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) by an 8-2 score. The No. 2 tandem of junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and freshman Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) were victorious by an 8-6 tally, while the No. 3 team of senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) won by an 8-3 score.

In singles action, the Spartans picked up all six points in straight sets led by Krimbill, ranked No. 13 in the region, at No. 1 (6-4, 6-0), sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the 15th-ranked player regionally, at No. 2 (6-1, 6-4) and Gerber at No. 3 (6-3, 6-1). Rounding out the lineup was Klawitter at No. 4 (6-1, 6-2), Healey at No. 5 (6-2, 6-0) and junior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) at No. 6 (6-0, 6-1).

In the nightcap against the host Yeomen (8-6), the visitors shuffled the lineup a bit in the victory. The No. 1 duo of Krimbill and Gerber grabbed the point by an 8-4 score. Additionally, the teams of senior Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and Healey at No. 2 (8-6) along with Stuerke and senior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) at No. 3 (8-4) gave the visitors a 3-0 edge.

During singles play, the Spartans once again swept all six slots via straight-set victories. In the top slot, Drougas started things off with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Also picking up wins for Case were Klawitter at No. 2 (6-3, 6-1), Healey at No. 3 (6-2, 6-2), Reinbold at No. 4 (6-4, 6-3), freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) at No. 5 (6-1, 6-0) and freshman Santiago Guerra (Midland, Mich./Herbert Henry Dow) at No. 6 (6-2, 6-3).

The Spartans will have just two days off from competition before hitting the road once again for a Friday, April 12 match versus Allegheny College (Pa.) at 4:30 p.m. Originally scheduled to be played March 30 in Meadville, the match was postponed due to inclement weather.