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.