No. 8 Spartan Men Sweep Penn State Behrend and Wittenberg

The Spartans in Hilton Head
The Spartans in Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The No. 8 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team continued its spring break trip with a pair of 9-0 victories over Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Wittenberg University. 

The Spartans improve to 8-3 in duals as most of the team's top lineup was given the early session off. 

In that match against Penn State-Behrend, sophomore Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) and freshman Kevin Dong (Bishop, Ga./Athens Academy) each went 2-0 as the Spartans only dropped two games for the entire match. In doubles, Stuerke and senior Trent Searfoss (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) defeated the partnership of Andrew Trink and Nick Kapty by a tally of 8-0. Dong and fellow rookie Phil Gruber (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) also won 8-0 agianst Brett Palmer and Terry Kowalskyj.

In singles, Stuerke and Dong each won in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) versus Palmer and Kapty, respectively.

Against Wittenberg, sophomore No. 1 Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) ran his season record to 15-3 as he and seniors Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) all posted 2-0 marks. 

Krimbill and Klawitter paired in doubles to defeated Juan Mena and Tyler Strong, 8-0. In singles, Krimbill then beat Stas Pakhomov, 6-1, 6-0, and Klawitter bested Akbar Tiwana by a 6-1, 6-0 tally. Reinbold partnered with Stuerke to win 8-1 against Dennis Gelason and Jialang Woo before defeating Strong in singles, 6-0, 6-3.

The Spartans conclude their trip with a match against Bridgewater College (Va.) at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.