Krimbill Advances to NCAA Singles Championship Quarterfinals; Krimbill & Klawitter to Doubles Quarterfinals

C.J. Krimbill won three times on Thursday and will play in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals in both singles and doubles. (photo by Milan Reed Athletic Photography)
C.J. Krimbill won three times on Thursday and will play in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals in both singles and doubles. (photo by Milan Reed Athletic Photography)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Case Western Reserve University sophomore Christopher Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) entered play on Thursday as the No. 5 seed in the national singles bracket and won twice to advance to the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals. Krimbill also teamed with senior Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) for a doubles victory in the Round of 16.

Krimbill, soon to be a two-time ITA singles All-American, will play in the final eight tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. (PT). Seeded fourth in the doubles bracket, Krimbill and Klawitter, who will earn All-American status together, play again as a pair at 3:00 p.m. (PT) tomorrow afternoon.

In his opening match of the day, Krimbill rallied from a set down to defeat Williams College (Mass.) senior Matt Micheli. After Micheli claimed the first set, 6-2, Krimbill responded with wins of 6-3, 6-2. Then in the Round of 16, Krimbill made quick work (6-3, 6-0) of junior Christian Heaney-Secord of arch rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).

Krimbill will face top-seeded Warren Wood of NCAA Championship team runner-up Claremont-Mudd-Scripps-Colleges in the singles quarterfinals tomorrow. The semifinal round then begins at 1:00 p.m. (PT), and the championship match is set for 10:00 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, May 24.

In the doubles bracket, Krimbill and Klawitter won a tough, three-setter (7-5, 3-6, 6-1) against Tyler Carey and Evans Charles of the University of Mary Washington (Va.). 

After tomorrow's quarterfinals, the doubles semifinal and championship rounds will be played on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (PT) and 2:00 p.m. (PT).

This past Monday, Krimbill, Klawitter and the No. 9 nationally ranked Spartans (17-8) became the first team in school history to play in the NCAA Elite 8.