Fords ground Sea Gulls with non-conference victory

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College's men's tennis team posted a solid, 8-1, non-conference victory over visiting Salisbury University on Friday afternoon at the Bramall Courts.

The Fords (2-3), ranked 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South regional ranking, down a Sea Gulls (1-1) team ranked No. 11 in the same region.

Friday's match opened with a pair of quick wins for Haverford in two of the three doubles matches. Will Garrett and Natty Sergay rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 2, and Andy Dougherty teamed with Matt Romei for an easy 8-1 win at No. 3.

Leading 2-1, Haverford steamrolled to the team victory winning all six singles matches, though several were lengthy battles.

Jacob Weisenthal dropped his opening set, 7-6 (5), at 5-singles but rallied to pull even with a 6-4 win in the second. He finished off Salisbury's Justin Smith, 10-5, in the super tiebreak set.

Kevin Caulfield, winning his fifth singles match in a row, also went to the super tiebreak, outlasting the Sea Gulls' Daniel Barnas, 14-12, in the final match of the day.

Sergay, at 2-singles, and Garrett, at 6-singles, both won 2-0 but were pushed by their Salisbury opponents.

Dougherty, Garrett, Romei and Sergay each factored into two wins apiece during the match.

The Fords welcome Gettysburg College to Haverford on Saturday at noon for the Centennial Conference opener for each school.