No. 8 Spartan Men Defeat N.C. Wesleyan, 8-1

C.J. Krimbill (photo by John Evans)
C.J. Krimbill (photo by John Evans)

ATLANTA – In a match that was delayed several hours due to heavy rain, the No. 8 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team defeated North Carolina Wesleyan College on the second day of the Emory University Invitational at Woodruff Physical Education Center.

The Spartans' (10-4) second scheduled match of the day versus DePauw University (Ind.) was postponed and will be made up at a later date.

Four Spartans went 2-0 in the match with NCWC, including sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles. The second-year Spartan teamed with classmate Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) for an 8-6 victory versus Mikhail Konnov and Peter Hviid. In singles play, Krimbill defeated Konnov in straight-sets (6-1, 6-1). An ITA All-American last season, Krimbill is now 16-4 in singles and 16-2 in doubles this season.

Also with two wins on the day were seniors John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) as well as freshman James Fojtasek (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods).

Reinbold and Fojtasek teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 3, and all three won their singles matches in straight-sets.

Healey's two wins give him 123 for his career (50 singles/73 doubles). He and fellow senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) with 122 career wins are approaching 2013 graduate Kyle Gerber's school record of 139.

The Spartans now return home to host a trio of regional opponents on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. On Friday, CWRU entertains Oberlin College and Capital University beginning at 2:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Spartans do battle with University Athletic Association rival and No. 11 ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 2:00 p.m. All matches are scheduled to take place at Carlton Courts in Cleveland.