No. 9 Spartan Men Breeze Past Kalamazoo in NCAA Tournament Second Round; Advance to Play CMU in Round of 16

CJ Krimbill was 2-0 for the day as the Spartans advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the second season in a row. (photo by Marty Santek)
CJ Krimbill was 2-0 for the day as the Spartans advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the second season in a row. (photo by Marty Santek)

PITTSBURGH – Much like the program's NCAA Championship Tournament debut last season, the Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team made fast work of its second round opponent on Saturday. After receiving a first-round bye, the No. 9 nationally ranked Spartans swept Kalamazoo College (Mich.) by a score of 5-0 to advance to the Round of 16 tomorrow afternoon.

The match was moved indoors to The Club Monroeville due to inclement weather.

The Spartans (16-7) will play in the Round of 16 for the second season in a row and square off with arch rival and regional host Carnegie Mellon University. The teams met back in early April with the Tartans claiming a 5-4 victory. CWRU had won the previous two meetings, coming during the University Athletic Association Championship third-place matches of 2012 and 2013.

Versus Kalamazoo (13-9), the Spartans swept doubles play in order of 2, 3, 1. Seniors John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) scored the first point in second position with an 8-4 victory against Alan Faber and Branden Metzler.

In singles, wins came at No. 1 (6-2, 6-3) and No. 4 (7-6, 6-4) with straight-set victories courtesy of sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and Reinbold, respectively.

Krimbill moved to 24-5 this season and a perfect 3-0 in three NCAA Tournament singles matches for his career.

Healey has a combined 134 wins for his career. Kyle Gerber '13 holds the school record with 139.

Tomorrow's regional final is set for 12:00 p.m. with a berth to the Elite 8 in Claremont, California on the line.