2017 Season Review
Signature wins: The Haverford College men's tennis team challenged itself against the country's best teams in 2017. Haverford notched one of its biggest wins of the season when the Fords defeated Franklin & Marshall by a 6-3 score on the Bramall Tennis Courts. Tied at three-all heading into the final three matches, the Fords swept through the remaining points against the rival Diplomats. That win, coupled with a 5-4 victory at Washington College, helped Haverford secure a third place finish in the Centennial Conference. With that finish and subsequent first round bye, the Fords advanced to the conference semifinals for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.
Season notes: Haverford went 10-9 overall, including a 7-2 record during the Centennial Conference regular season … Seven of Haverford's nine losses came at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents with the Fords nearly upsetting No. 28 Christopher Newport (lost 5-4) … Kevin Yan was named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, marking back-to-back seasons Haverford has won this award (Josh Moskovitz in 2016) … The Fords have had the conference's rookie of the year in three of the past five seasons … Haverford's four singles player who earned All-Centennial Conference accolades breaks the team's previous record of three which was accomplished in 1994, 1995, and most recently 2016 … The Fords had two first-team All-Centennial Conference singles players for just the fifth time in program history and first since the 2009 season … Haverford had two doubles teams recognized as all-conference for just the fourth time in program history, all of which have come in the past five seasons … Haverford led all men's tennis teams in the Centennial Conference with 12 student-athletes being named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll … Haverford was ranked as high as No. 10 in the Atlantic South Region during the spring season, making them the first team in the region just outside of the national rankings … Eli Phelps led the Fords with 12 wins in singles, playing primarily at No. 4 during the spring with a 6-1 conference record … Five different players finished with nine wins in doubles (Raja Arul, Rob Kresch, Josh Moskovitz, Dais Nakayama, and Arnav Patodia).
- ITA Team Academic Award
- ITA Scholar-Athletes: Raja Arul, David Kong, Rob Kresch, Josh Moskovitz, Dais Nakayama, Arnav Patodia, Eli Phelps, Ishaan Prinz, Keisuke Sawada, Benjamin Soloway, Nick Sweeney, Kevin Yan
- Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year: Kevin Yan
- All-Centennial Conference Singles: Josh Moskovitz (first team), Kevin Yan (first team), Eli Phelps (second team), Dais Nakayama (honorable mention)
- All-Centennial Conference Doubles: Josh Moskovitz/Dais Nakayama (second team), David Kong/Raja Arul (second team)
- Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team: Raja Arul
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Matthew Buczek, Yancheng Dai, Benjamin Horwitz, Josh Moskovitz, Dais Nakayama, Eli Phelps, Ishaan Prinz, Keisuke Sawada, Max Schotz, Benjamin Soloway, Brad Studnitzer, Nick Sweeney
- Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area: Josh Moskovitz, Dais Nakayama
- USPTA Middle States College Coach of the Year: Sean Sloane
Looking ahead: Already an established force in the Centennial Conference as evidenced by seven straight postseason appearances and 11 trips in the last 12 years, the Fords return every single player from their starting lineup this year. Josh Moskovitz is already a two-time first-team All-Centennial Conference performer in singles and two-time All-CC selection in doubles. Dais Nakayama has earned All-Centennial Conference honors in each of his first three singles campaigns and his two most recent doubles seasons. Playing No. 3 this season, Kevin Yan enters next season as the reigning conference rookie of the year. Eli Phelps is coming off of his first All-Centennial Conference season, earning second-team in singles during the 2017 season. Ishaan Prinz has 31 wins in singles during his first three years at Haverford and 17 more doubles wins. First year players Raja Arul, David Kong, and Arnav Patodia went a combined 8-3 in conference singles play this year. Kong and Arul were second-team All-CC in doubles behind the pairing of Moskovitz and Nakayama in the lineup.
2017 Season Preview
The Haverford College men's tennis team has made the Centennial Conference Tournament in 10 of the last 11 seasons, but will need some new faces to step up this year if the Fords are to continue that trend. However, the merging of returning leadership with the incoming class during the fall has the Fords ranked No. 11 in the Atlantic South Regional as the spring season approaches.
Haverford lost three players from its regular lineup last year, including four-time All-Centennial Conference selection Luis Acaba. Acaba was a three-time first-team All-CC performer in singles after earning second-team and rookie of the year honors as a freshman. Harrison Elbert teamed with Acaba at No. 1 doubles where the Fords' No. 1 duo earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors during the past two seasons. Zack Mason, who went 11-4 in singles last year, also graduated as a member of that talented senior class.
Nevertheless, the Fords have many capable returning players who are looking to step up to the challenge in 2017. Now a sophomore, Josh Moskovitz won his first 11 singles matches last spring and eventually moved all the way up to No. 1 singles for two matches. During a decorated freshman season, Moskovitz was named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, a first-team All-CC performer in singles, and a second-team All-CC performer in doubles.
Moskovitz was paired with Dais Nakayama in doubles play for much of the spring season. Nakayama, a fellow second-team All-CC doubles performer, enters his junior season as one of the Fords' four captains. Nakayama primarily saw action at No. 2 singles, but did play four matches at No. 1 as he earned honorable mention all-conference accolades last year to follow up his second-team recognition in singles as a freshman.
Junior Ishaan Prinz will also serve as a co-captain this season. Prinz was one of four players who won at least 10 singles matches last year. He played primarily in the No. 5 spot of the lineup, but also saw frequent time at No. 4 singles with his highest ranked match coming at No. 2. Prinz filled the No. 3 doubles spot with the combination of Eli Phelps and Nick Sweeney.
Phelps also saw time in the singles lineup where he boasted an impressive 5-1 record with three Centennial Conference wins. That loss was his only singles defeat during his first two seasons. Seniors Keisuke Sawada and Benjamin Horwitz are also captains for Haverford this spring. Sawada went a combined 5-0 between singles and doubles last spring, while Horwitz won his only singles match against McDaniel.
In addition to the returners on the team, several freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the ITA Regional during the fall. Kevin Yan was entered in the championship singles draw where he won one match. Yan was also paired with classmate David Kong in the championship doubles tournament. Rob Kresch and Arnav Patodia made the most of their first experience playing together, advancing all the way to the championship match of the Blue 1 doubles draw, while Raja Arul also won a match in Blue 2 singles action.
The Fords have put together a challenging schedule for the 2017 season with six teams currently ranked in the top 40 nationally on the slate. The first two of those opponents will serve as the season opener with the Fords set to battle No. 24 Whitman and No. 28 Christopher Newport this Saturday, February 18 as part of the Swarthmore Invitational. No. 39 TCNJ (Mar. 4), No. 36 Kalamazoo (Mar. 22), No. 16 Johns Hopkins (Apr. 15), and No. 26 Swarthmore (Apr. 25) will also give the Fords plenty of chances to test their skill against the nation's top teams.
Haverford went 13-4 last year for the team's most victories since the 2007 season. Haverford's success is part of a program-record five year stretch during which the Fords have won at least 11 duals as a team. During the extended run of postseason success, Haverford has made it to at least the Centennial Conference semifinals in each of its 10 playoff appearances. The team will be in search of an appearance in the championship match for the first time since the 2013 season.