No. 13 Spartan Men Fall in ITA Third-Place Match versus No. 8 Trinity

C.J. Krimbill (photo by Ryan Baker)
C.J. Krimbill (photo by Ryan Baker)

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio – Sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) defeated the fifth-ranked singles player in the country, but No. 13 Case Western Reserve University fell to No. 8 Trinity University (Texas) by a score of 7-2 in the third-place match of the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Division III Men's Team Indoor Championship at Mayfield Village Racquet Club.

Hosting the event for the first time in school history, the Spartans (2-2) finish the weekend at 1-2 after Friday night's thrilling upset of No. 5 Kenyon College and yesterday's loss to tournament runner-up/No. 10 Johns Hopkins University (Md.).

The Tigers' (8-3) only loss of the weekend came to eventual champion/No. 4 Washington University in St. Louis.

The Spartans fell behind in doubles play for the first time all weekend. After Krimbill and senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) won 8-2 in first position versus the 20th-ranked due of Paxton Deuel and Nicolas Moreno, Trinity claimed the next two points at No. 3 and No. 2 by respective scores of 8-4 and 8-5.

In singles, the Spartans momentarily tied the score when Krimbill, ranked 44th in the nation, upset No. 5 Deuel by counts of 7-6, 6-2. After that, Trinity quickly claimed the remaining points, all in straight-sets.

The Spartans return to action next Saturday, March 1 versus Wabash College (Ind.) and Allegheny College (Pa.) at One Wellness Center in Eastlake. Following those matches, the team will head south for its annual spring break trip in Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 7-12.