ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 13 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team cruised past New York University by a 7-2 tally in the opening round of the 2013 University Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Friday morning at Sanlando Park. The second-seeded Spartans advance to play third-seeded and No. 14-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
With the win, the Spartans improve on their school-record win total and move to 20-5 overall. With the loss, the Violets, ranked No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast region, drop to 7-5.
The victory sets up a rematch with the Washington U. Bears, who cruised over No. 6 seed Brandeis University (Mass.) by a score of 9-0. Case and Washington U. met back on February 24 at the DePauw Invitational, and the Spartans claimed a 6-3 upset.
Versus NYU, Case raced out to a 3-0 lead in doubles play as the ITA Central Region's No. 2-ranked tandem of junior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and senior Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) led off with an 8-0 blanking versus the No. 9 ranked duo in the Northeast of Harveer Bhalla and Aaron Meltzer. At No. 2, the tandem of senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), the Central region's 11th-ranked team, bested Steven Wu and CJ Leong, while at No. 3, the senior tandem of Alex Solove (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) eased past William Smithline and Bowen Xu, 8-1.
In singles, Krimbill, the region's 11th-ranked player, opened with a straight-set win (6-1, 6-4) versus Wu at No. 1, while sophomore Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the region's No. 15-ranked player, also won in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) versus Bhalla. After the Violets claimed their points in the No. 3 and No. 5 slots, junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) picked up the sixth team point at No. 4 with a 6-1, 2-6, 10-4 win versus Leong.
At the bottom of the lineup, freshman Harrison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn./West) earned the last team point via a 6-3, 6-0 victory versus James Dean.
The winner of tomorrow's match advances to the championship on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., while the loser will play for third place.