SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Sophomore No. 1 player Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) was 2-0 for the day, but the No. 8 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team was unable to hold off No. 11 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in a 5-4 loss on Saturday evening at the Cleveland Skating Club.
The Spartans dip to 11-5, while the Tartans improve to 14-5. CWRU had won the last two meetings against its University Athletic Association rival.
In doubles play, the Spartans grabbed a 3-0 lead with the first point coming at No. 3 via an 8-3 win by senior Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) and sophomore Louis Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) versus Joel Lankford and Kiril Kirkov.
Senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and Krimbill earned the point at No. 1 versus Christian Heaney-Second and Will Duncan. Shortly after at No. 2, senior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) clinched against Yuvraj Kumar and Bryce Beisswanger.
The match turned in singles play, however, as CMU grabbed its first point at the second position. Krimbill bumped the Spartan lead to 4-1 with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1, but the Tartans would rally to claim the final four points at No. 3, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 5. With just about every match tightly contested, the key moment came at No. 4 when Kirkov staged off match point and rallied for a 7-6, 6-7, 7-5 win to bring the team score to 4-3.
Healey's doubles win gives him 126 total for his career (52 singles/74 doubles). He and Klawitter with 123 career wins (71 singles/52 doubles) are approaching 2013 graduate Kyle Gerber's school record of 139.
The Spartans have another important weekend approaching with three matches in two days in Chicago. CWRU plays No. 30 University of Chicago at 2:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, April 11 then No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis and Coe College (Iowa) on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 11:00 a.m. (CT) and 4:00 p.m. (CT), respectively.