Four Spartan Men Win Singles Brackets at Kenyon Invitational

C.J. Krimbill (photo by John Evans)
C.J. Krimbill (photo by John Evans)

GAMBIER, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team completed an impressive weekend to open the fall at the 2013 Kenyon College Invitational. Four Spartans won singles brackets during the invitational on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, at the Jasper Tennis Center. 

In the "A" singles bracket, Case sent two players to the finals as sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) defeated junior teammate Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Krimbill did not drop a set en route to the final round. In the first round, Krimbill defeated Phillip Locklear of Earlham College (Ind.), 6-1, 7-5. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American then beat Davis Thrailkill of Kenyon by a tally of 6-0, 6-2 before defeating Colin Haas of Kenyon, 6-1, 6-1. 

Drougas had a slightly trickier road as he won his first round match-up against Milo Saurman of The College of Wooster 6-2, 6-4. The third-year Spartan then defeated Sam Geier of Kenyon 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 before knocking off Allegheny College's (Pa.) Patrick Cole by a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 tally.

In the "B" bracket, senior tri-captain Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) defeated Kenyon's Tristan Kaye by a score of 6-7, 6-3, 10-8 for first place. Before the finals, Klawitter also did not drop a single set. In the first round, he defeated Walsh University's Ross Whittaker 6-2, 6-0. In the second round, Klawitter beat Peter Dakich of Kenyon by scores of 6-2, 7-5 before Hank Levin of Earlham retired in the semifinals.

Sophomore Viswajit Simhadri (Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook) won the "C" bracket in the minimum number of sets. Simhadri's first round match-up was won by a score of 6-3, 6-3 over Louis Thomas of Walsh. Simhadri then beat Ian Paik of Oberlin College by a 6-2, 7-5 tally before defeating Allegheny's Alexander Hurtuk 6-2, 6-4. In the final, Simhadri defeated Jackson O'Gorman-Bean, 6-4, 6-4. 

Freshman Joshua Dughi (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) was the champion of the "D" bracket with a win in the first round over John Schulz by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Dughi then defeated Oberlin's Abraham Davis by a 6-3, 6-2 tally to advance to the semifinals where he defeated sophomore teammate sophomore Samuel Shi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) in an intense, evenly fought, three-set match (6-4, 4-6, 10-5). Dughi then defeated Denison University's Ben Short 6-4, 6-2 for first place.

The Spartans return to the courts next weekend at the Purdue University Invitational in West Lafayette, Indiana on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22.