No. 10 Spartan Men Defeat No. 17 Chicago, 7-2

Eric Klawitter (photo by Ryan Baker)
Eric Klawitter (photo by Ryan Baker)

CHICAGO – Ranked 10th in the latest ITA national poll, the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team defeated University Athletic Association foe and 17th ranked University of Chicago by a score of 7-2 at the Stagg Courts on Friday afternoon.

The Spartans improve to 12-5 overall with their second defeat of a nationally ranked opponent this season. The Maroons drop back to the .500 mark at 7-7. 

CWRU led 2-1 after doubles thanks to 8-1 victories at No. 1 and 2 by the partnerships of sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) as well as senior John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and junior Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem). Krimbill and Klawitter defeated the Chicago pairing of Deepak Sabada and Brian Sun, while Healey and Drougas beat Chicago's Krishna Ravella and Zsolt Szabo.

In singles play, the Spartans took five-of-six matches. Krimbill won at first singles (6-2, 7-6) over Sabada to clinch the winning point.

Klawitter and Healey also had 2-0 days with wins in singles, while freshman James Fojtasek (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods) and Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) won to round out the Spartan scoring.

The Spartans continue action in the "Windy City" tomorrow (Saturday, April 12) with matches against No. 2 Washington University in St. Louis and Coe College (Iowa).