Caulfield earns spot in national singles tournament
INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Kevin Caulfield of Haverford College's men's tennis team learned Friday morning that he has been invited to participate in the singles tournament of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship hosted by Kalamazoo (Mich.) College on May 23-25.
A four-time first-team All-Centennial Conference selection in singles, Caulfield played every match of his career at No. 1 singles. He posted a 15-5 overall mark and 6-2 record within conference action during his senior campaign with the Fords who played their way into the Centennial's championship match of its postseason tournament.
Caulfield's 56 career wins in singles ties for third-most in program history. The career mark of 60 was set by Andrew Weisfeld '97 over the 1993-97 seasons.
Friday's invitation to the national tournament caps a week of honors which began last Friday with the Centennial's release of the all-conference team, which also included his third selection for first-team doubles.
Tuesday began with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) naming Caulfied as the Atlantic South Region recipient of the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award, and the day finished at Haverford's senior award ceremony where Caulfield was one of three student-athletes to be honored with the Varsity Cup, presented annually by the department of athletics to the outstanding athlete or athletes in the senior class.
Caulfield was originally the Atlantic South's first alternate for the national singles tournament but received his spot in the draw when a player from within the region withdrew.
The quarterfinals of the D-III national team championship kick off the week at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo with matches on Monday, May 20. The semifinals follow on Tuesday with the team championship match scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
The individual and doubles championship tournaments begin action Thursday, May 23. Thirty-two men will participate in the singles draw while 16 tandems will compete in the doubles tournament. Both tournaments are of a single-elimination format.
Caulfield will play his opening match in the round of 32 on Thursday at 10 a.m. against an opponent yet to be determined. The singles and doubles draws will continue on Thursday with the round of 16 at 1:30 p.m. Quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Friday with the championship match scheduled for Saturday morning.