No. 13 Spartan Men Fall to No. 14 Washington-St. Louis in UAA Championship Semifinals

Eric Klawitter (photo by Dave Hilbert)
Eric Klawitter (photo by Dave Hilbert)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 13 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team fell by a score of 7-2 to No. 14 Washington University-St. Louis in the semifinal round of the 2013 University Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Sanlando Park.

The third-seeded Spartans (20-6 overall, 1-1 UAA) now move to the league's third-place match versus fourth-seeded and No. 16 nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

A win tomorrow would give the Spartans a tie for the best finish in program history (third in 1999 and 2012). A loss would make this year's team just the third in program history to finish fourth (1996 and 2000).

Washington U. (16-5, 2-1 UAA), who advances to the title match versus Emory University (Ga.), got off to a 2-1 lead in three tightly-contested doubles matches. The Spartans picked up their point in the second position as the tandem of senior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and freshman Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region's 11th-ranked duo, defeated Kareem Farah and Tyler Kratky by a count of 8-4.

The Bears won the other two doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 by identical scores of 8-6.

In singles play, the Spartans' lone point came at No. 4 as junior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) defeated Kratky by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Tomorrow's match with CMU takes on added importance for the Spartans, as the team looks to earn an at-large team berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time in program history.