No. 14 Spartans Upset No. 3 WashU in First Round of ITA Indoor Championship

No. 14 Spartans Upset No. 3 WashU in First Round of ITA Indoor Championship

The No. 14 Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team upset University Athletic Association competitor No. 3 Washington University (Mo.), the No. 1 seed in the tournament, 6-3 in the first round of the 2016 Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship. 

The Spartans are now 2-0 overall, while the Bears drop to 2-1 on the season. 

The Spartans took a quick 2-0 lead after doubles. First to finish at No. 1 doubles, seniors CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke defeated their opponents Josh Cogan and Tyler Kratky 8-4. The No. 3 doubles team of juniors Phil Gruber and James Fojtasek followed up with a victory over Shaun Berman and Radha Vishbubhotla 8-3 after winning three straight sets to close the game. 

The No. 2 doubles team of juniors Adam Collins and Freddy Daum fought until the end, but late rallies by the duo wasn't enough as Jeremy Bush and Konrad Kozlowski finished ahead 9-7 to pull WashU back into the match heading into singles play with CWRU with a 2-1 lead.

The Bears tied up the match winning No. 4 singles with John Carswell over Louis Stuerke, but didn't keep the lead for long as Krimbill put the Spartans back on top, 3-2, with a win a No. 1 singles over WashU's Jeremy Bush (6-3, 6-2). The Spartans pulled to a 4-2 lead after a 6-4, 6-3 win by junior Kevin Dong at No. 5 singles. At No. 6 singles, junior Joshua Dughi quickly defeated Berman 6-2, 6-2 to secure the victory for the Spartans with a 5-2 lead. Also with a victory for the Spartans, freshman Robert Stroup pushed the Spartans up 6-3 after topping Kratky 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. 

Case Western Reserve will now move to the semifinals on Saturday, February 20. The team will play No. 6 University of Chicago at 1:00 p.m. in the Cleveland Racquet Club.

On Friday morning, Chicago rallied for a 6-3 victory over No. 8 Trinity University (Texas) to keep their undefeated streak intact (6-0). The Maroons are 4-0 overall against nationally ranked teams and the win over Trinity marked UChicago's first-ever team victory at ITA Indoor Nationals

The Maroons pulled into a 2-1 lead after doubles as the No. 1 pairing (Nicolas Chua/David Liu) and No. 2 pairing (Charlie Pei/Peter Leung) won their matches 8-3 and 8-2. Leung, Pei and Liu would all win singles matches for the Maroons to keep the momentum and clinch the win. 

Live stats and video broadcast will be available for the match against Chicago.