MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio – Senior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) and freshman James Fojtasek (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods) teamed for a win in doubles then scored the final two points in singles as No. 13 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University upset No. 5 Kenyon College, 5-4, in the opening match of the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Division III Men's Team Indoor Championship on Friday at Mayfield Village Racquet Club.
The Spartans (2-0) turn the tables on the defending champion Lords (3-1), who won in similar fashion when the squads met in last season's NCAA Championship Tournament "Sweet 16." Entering the match, Kenyon was ranked second in the ITA Central Region, while CWRU was third.
"After losing to Kenyon the way we did last season, this was definitely one of our team goals," said Reinbold, a team captain. "We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy. We were able to do that and get the job done this time."
The seventh-seeded Spartans held a 2-1 lead after doubles thanks to wins at No. 3 and No. 1.
First to finish, the No. 3 duo of Reinbold and Fojtasek defeated Jacob Huber and Michael Roberts by a score of 8-3. Next to conclude, sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) knocked off Sam Geier and Tim Rosensteel, 8-5. The second-seeded Lords picked up their point by a count of 8-6 at No. 2.
In singles, Krimbill made quick work of Michael Razumovsky by scores of 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1. The No. 2 match was next to finish, and Kenyon picked up the points in straight-sets to pull within 3-2.
The next two matchups at No. 4 and No. 5 took the court, while a long battle ensued at No. 3 between Klawitter and Geier, ranked fourth nationally and first in the ITA Central Region. Eventually, Geier was able to rally in a tie-breaker (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) to claim a swing point that evened the match at 3-3.
However, the match turned one last time when Fojtasek rallied in back-to-back sets to claim a 7-5, 7-5 victory versus Rosensteel at No. 4. That occurred as Reinbold was putting the finishing touches on a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win versus Huber at No. 5 as the Spartans clinched the opening round win.
"The guys before me did a great job of getting the results that put me in that clinching situation," said Reinbold. "This was definitely a team effort, and hopefully, it's just the start of a big weekend for us."
The Spartans advance to play tomorrow versus No. 10 Johns Hopkins University (Md.), who upset No. 6 Emory University (Ga.) in round one. The match is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start.