Case Western Reserve victorious in first NCAA tournament appearance
GAMBIER, Ohio -– No. 14 Case Western Reserve didn't disappoint when it stepped on the courts as the first squad in program history to compete at the NCAA tournament. On Saturday morning, the Spartans blanked Wilkes 5-0 at the VandenBerg Courts.
The Spartans (22-6), who received a bye into the second round, advance to play at noon Sunday against either Franciscan University (Pa.) and host Kenyon College.
The Freedom Conference Champion Colonels end their season at 16-4.
The Spartans blew through doubles play by winning 24-of-26 games.
First to finish was the No. 2 tandem of senior Kyle Gerber and freshman Christopher Krimbillwith an 8-0 shutout of Michael Kranz and Connor Peckham.
Seniors Richard Brunsting and Alex Solove were next at No. 3 with an 8-2 victory versus Brendon Blachowski and Clarke Freeman.
Then at No. 1, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's No. 4 ranked tandem of senior Nicolas Howe and junior John Healey blanked Steven Wilson and Alex Makos.
In singles play, the team's fourth point came via a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 by junior Derek Reinbold versus Connor Peckham. In the second position, sophomore Will Drougas picked up the deciding point via scores of 6-0 and 6-2 versus Alex Makos. Junior Eric Klawitter was one game away from finishing with a lead of 6-2, 5-0 at No. 4.