No. 13 Spartan Men Fall Short of No. 10 Johns Hopkins at ITA Indoor Championship; Set to Play for Third Place Tomorrow

Will Drougas (photo by Ryan Baker)
Will Drougas (photo by Ryan Baker)

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio – Junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) was 2-0 for the day, but No. 13 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University fell short of No. 10 Johns Hopkins University (Md.), 6-3, on the second day of the 2014  Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Division III Men's Team Indoor Championship at Mayfield Village Racquet Club.

The seventh-seeded Spartans (2-1) drop into the third-place match tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. versus the loser of a later match between Trinity University (Texas) and Washington University in St. Louis.

The sixth-seeded Blue Jays (2-1) advance to the championship match versus the winner of TU versus WUSTL.

The match opened with three epic battles in doubles competition, and the Spartans eventually led 2-1 with points coming at No. 1 and No. 2.

After Johns Hopkins earned the win at No. 3 by a count of 9-7, the Spartans evened the score when the duo of sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) outlasted the No. 5 nationally ranked pair of Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh, 9-8 (7-2).

A similar result followed when Drougas and senior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) defeated Tanner Brown and Erik Lim, 9-8 (7-4).

In singles action, the Blue Jays picked up quick points and at No. 6, No. 4 and No. 3 to grab a 4-2 advantage. Drougas, ranked 48th nationally, kept the Spartans alive with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 upset of No. 19 Tanner Brown, but JHU clinched the match at No. 5 and added the final point at No. 1.

Following tomorrow's third-place match, the Spartans are back in action with a pair of Saturday, March 1 matches versus Wabash College (Ind.) and Allegheny College (Pa.) at One Wellness Center in Eastlake.