From Case Western Reserve University Athletics
Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate and standout tennis player CJ Krimbill (Scottsdale, Ariz./ Desert Mountain) has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, based on his outstanding academic and athletic achievements during his career as a Spartan.
Krimbill becomes the first player in the history of the Case Western Reserve men's tennis team to claim the scholarship, and the 24th overall in the history of CWRU athletics. He is also the third Spartan to earn the honor during the 2015-16 academic year (the most in a single year in the department's history), joining football player Dayton Snyder and indoor track and field honoree Nicholas Heim.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. This season's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (29 men and 29 women) represent spring sports participants, who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500 to be used for graduate study. Men's spring sports sponsored by the NCAA include Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field, Tennis and Volleyball.
Krimbill graduated from Case Western Reserve in May as the most accomplished player in the program's history. This season, he teamed with senior Louis Stuerke to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, as the duo ended the year ranked third in Division III. He also made it to the round of 16 of the NCAA singles draw, and was ranked 11th in the final Oracle/ ITA National Poll. Krimbill set school single-season records for singles and doubles wins during the year, going 30-6 individually and 33-6 in doubles play.
Krimbill earned All-American honors for his singles and doubles play during the year, and ended his career as a four-time singles All-American and a three-time doubles All-American. He was the 2015 UAA Most Valuable Player, and is the only player in CWRU history to earn All-UAA singles recognition all four years of his career, including a second team berth this year. He is a three-time All-UAA doubles honoree as well, claiming a spot on the first team with Stuerke earlier this season.
Academically, as a Chemical Engineering major, Krimbill graduated with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. He was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III At-Large First Team earlier in the year, the second Academic All-America honor of his career. In addition, he was named to the UAA Presidents' Scholar-Athlete Team in 2015, and is slated to earn the honor again this year, as well as claiming Academic All-District honors for the second time in his career.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports.