April 21, 2012

Garnet rally past Fords in singles

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Haverford College's men's tennis team broke in front of host Swarthmore College after doubles action Saturday at Faulkner Courts, but the Garnet rallied in singles to steal a 5-4 win from the Fords in Centennial Conference play.

Haverford (10-7, 6-3 CC) slips into a fourth-place tie with Washington College in the league standings after Saturday's loss while No. 27 Swarthmore (13-9, 7-2) moves into a second-place tie. Washington, by head-to-head tie-breaker, earns the No. 4 seed and will host 5th-seeded Haverford on Wednesday, April 25 in the opening round of the postseason conference tournament.

Kevin Caulfield and Danny Himelstein notched a doubles point for the Fords in the No. 1 spot, downing Maxwell Bressman and Max Kaye, 8-5. At 3-doubles, the Fords' Will Garrett and Natty Sergay teamed up for an 8-6 victory over Swarthmore's Anthony Collard and Daniel Park.

In singles action, the Fords picked up a point from Caulfield at No. 1 and Matt Romei at No. 3. Romei's point was awarded when the Garnets' Anthony Collard retired in the third set with the score tied at one set apiece.

Caulfield battled back from a first-set loss to even the score with a 6-4 second-set win, then captured the super-set tie-break 1-0 (10-4) for his second point of the afternoon.

The Fords enter Friday's match at Washington ranked 12th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Atlantic South region while the Shoreman are 11th.

Washington hosted the Fords in a regular season match on March 28 and hung on for a 5-4 win as the team's split the singles points, 3-3, after the Shoreman closed out the doubles with a 2-1 lead.