The Carlton Courts at Case Western Reserve University have come back to life this fall, as the men’s tennis team gears up for another season in the University Athletic Association. After a highly successful season last year—one that saw the Spartans earn a No. 10 national ranking as well as fourth place at the UAA Championships—the current squad seems poised to make another deep run.
Led by head coach Todd Wojtkowski, the Case men enter into the fall season with both experience and fresh talent. Returning veterans include all four All-UAA selections from the spring: juniors Christopher Krimbill and Louis Stuerke, senior Will Drougas and sophomore James Fojtasek. Krimbill, who was also an ITA All-American in the spring season, defeated numerous top-ranked opponents in match play and posted a combined 46-8 record. Meanwhile, Drougas enters his senior season with 62 career singles victories; second on CWRU’s all-time list. Whereas Krimbill figures to anchor the No.1 singles position once again, Drougas’ closing campaign should be one for the records. Doubles partners Fojtasek and Stuerke look to build off of both stellar individual performances in addition to their All-UAA doubles pairing. As for new talent, a promising freshman class seems more than capable of making up for the five seniors that graduated this past summer.
In addition to their achievements on the court, the men’s tennis program also recently conducted a community tennis clinic for CWRU’s foreign professors, researchers and instructors. The team used the opportunity to share experiences, stories and wisdom with CWRU’s international scholars. In the greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga area, Spartan tennis players have also been involved in both tennis and tutoring programs for secondary schools as well as the annual “Rally for the Cure” charity event.
The Spartans have several tournaments on the fall schedule. The team is confirmed to be competing in the Purdue Invitational (Sept. 19-20), OC Invite (Sept. 20-21) and the USTA/ITA Regional Championships (Sept. 26-28). These competitions will officially kick off the new tennis year, and prepare both players and fans for UAA competition next spring.
While the official squad for the 2014-15 season has not yet been publicly revealed, it would be difficult to imagine this team as anything but deep, talented and full of promise.