The Spartan men’s tennis team had a great weekend in Chicago, earning two more victories in one of their final matches of the regular season. The No. 10 Case Western Reserve University squad knocked off the teams from the University of Chicago and Coe to move to 13-5 on the season heading into conference championships.
The team got off to a great start versus No. 17 Chicago on Friday April 11. The Spartans brought in victories on two doubles courts with the teams of Christopher Krimbill/Eric Klawitter and John Healey/Will Drougas. The Spartans also were able to get back to their regular line-up with Klawitter returning to singles play and contributing to one of the team’s five wins there. Other points came from Krimbill, Healey, James Fojtasek and Derek Reinbold.
All the men made a strong showing again on Saturday as they waited through harsh weather which ended up cancelling their schedule match versus Washington University in St. Louis. Once the skies cleared, the Spartans were back on the court to face off against Coe College. The Case team took all three doubles courts and only lost one singles match, earning an 8-1 win over their opponent.
With just one match left before the University Athletics Association championships, the team is looking to gain all the ground they can. After tough losses at home, the Spartans want to earn back bragging rights and find another place in a national meet. The team could have benefited from a match versus Washington University to gauge their progress as a team before they see them at this critical meet. The Bears are currently ranked second among NCAA DIII schools and will be a tough opponent for the Spartans.
Emory and Carnegie Mellon will also provide a challenge, with both schools beating Case earlier this season. The Spartans will need to stay focused to finish well in this crowded field.