No. 13 Spartan Men Impress at USTA/ITA Central Region Championship

Wesley Maddox
Wesley Maddox

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – With eight players reaching at least the Round of 16 in singles play and an individual championship in the collegiate bracket, the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team closed out the fall campaign in impressive fashion at the 2013 United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Championship held on Friday-Sunday, September 27-29.

Amongst the eight to reach the Round of 16 in their respective brackets, freshman Wesley Maddox (Evans, Ga./Westminster) earned an automatic berth into the main singles draw of next season's USTA/ITA Central Region Championship with an individual title in the collegiate bracket.

Maddox was impressive throughout the tournament and did not drop a single set en route to the finals, where he took on sophomore teammate Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest). Maddox defeated his sophomore teammate by a score of 6-4, 7-6.

Freshmen Kevin Dong (Bishop, Ga./Athens Academy) and Joshua Dughi (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) also advanced to the quarterfinals of the collegiate singles bracket. Dong fell to Eric Zishka of the University of Washington-St. Louis and Dughi was defeated by Maddox.

In the main singles draw, the Spartans landed four competitors in the Round of 16, including senior captain Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), who advanced to the quarterfinals.

Klawitter, seeded 25 in the region, defeated Nick Thompson of DePauw University (Ind.) 6-1, 6-2 in the first round before knocking off Denison University's Jeffrey LoDuca in a tough 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 match. Klawitter then cruised to the quarterfinals with 6-2, 7-5 and 6-1, 6-4 victories before he fell to 21st-seeded Sam Geier of Kenyon College by a 7-5, 7-5 tally.

Drougas, seeded seventh in the region, did not drop a set until his quarterfinal round matchup against 15th-seeded Sven Kranz of the University of Chicago, which Drougas lost 6-3, 6-3. En route to the quarterfinals, Drougas beat 30th-seeded Tristan Kaye of Kenyon in the Round of 32 and freshman teammate James Fojtasek (Cypress, Tex./Cypress Woods) in the Round of 16.

Fojtasek was joined by sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) as the remaining two Spartans to advance as far as the Round of 16.

The Spartans are now idle from competition until the spring portion of the schedule begins on Saturday, February 15. The team will take on both Penn University and Binghamton University (N.Y.) in tri-match action.