Krimbill & Stuerke See Season End with NCAA Semifinals Loss

Krimbill & Stuerke See Season End with NCAA Semifinals Loss

Case Western Reserve University seniors CJ Krimbill and Louis Stuerke saw their run at the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Doubles Championships come to an end with a loss in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Krimbill and Stuerke, the top seed in the draw, fell to the fourth-seeded duo of Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani of Middlebury College in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.  It marked the second-straight season that the Spartans' pairing has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships to earn All-America honors.  Krimbill also earned an All-America certificate for his doubles play in 2014, when he won the National Championship with Eric Klawitter.

Krimbill and Stuerke finished the year with a 32-6 record together, with each player winning 33 total doubles matches, a new program single-season record.

Saturday's match marked the end of the careers of two of the most accomplished players in the program's history.  Stuerke, a two-time all-American, finished his time as a Spartan ranked seventh in school history in singles victories with a 53-35 record, and second in doubles wins with a 92-29 career mark.

Krimbill, arguably the best men's tennis player in the history of Case Western Reserve, was a four-time All-American singles player and a three-time All-American for his work in doubles.  The 2015 University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player will end his career as the program's all-time leader in singles wins (107-31) and doubles wins (123-30).  He is one of just two players in UAA history to surpass the century mark in victories for both singles and doubles, and his 230 career victories are the second-most ever by a men's player in the conference.

Saturday also marked an end to a historic 2016 campaign for the Spartans, who were ranked as high as fifth in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association during the season, the highest ranking in the program's history.  The team finished the year with an overall record of 22-8, matching the school record for wins in a season.