July 23, 2013

Season Review: Women's tennis makes it 5 straight years in the Centennial tournament

Signature Wins: Haverford took down Washington College, 5-3, in the opening round of the Centennial Conference tournament on May 1 to advance to the Centennial semifinals for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Fords opened the spring season with an impressive 5-4 non-conference victory over NYU as senior Celia Tong delivered the winning point at No. 5 singles. Haverford edged regional foe Wilkes University by the same 5-4 score on March 20 with sophomore Kristen Andersen's win at No. 6 singles proving to be the difference maker.

Season Notes: Registering its third straight double-digit win season, Haverford went 12-7 overall and 7-3 in Centennial play and qualified for the conference tournament for the fifth consecutive year … Caitlin Gallagher became the first Haverford women's tennis player to be named the Centennial's player of the year … Gallagher led the team with 19 singles victories on the season and won her first 14 matches at top-flight singles this spring after playing primarily at No. 2 last season … Alex Ferrara and Robyn Himelstein also notched double figures in wins with 18 and 14, respectively … Ferrara and Gallagher paced the Fords in doubles wins with 15 … The Fords rose to as high as 11th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South Region and finished the season ranked 16th … The squad finished the season ranked 15th in the NCAA regional rankings ... Haverford won a season-high six consecutive matches from mid-March to early April  … Gallagher concluded the season ranked 20th regionally among singles players while the pairing of Gallagher and Ferrara finished the season ranked 14th in the region in doubles … Himelstein and Celia Tong captured the title of the Blue 4 doubles bracket at the ITA Southeast Regional in late September ... Gallagher was a co-recipent of the department's MacIntosh Award presented annually to sophomore(s) who during his/her first year on campus emerged as the top scholar-athlete in his/her class.

Awards:

  • Philadelphia Inquirer Women's Tennis Academic All-Area squad: Cailtin Gallagher
  • Centennial Conference Player of the Year: Gallagher
  • All-Centennial Conference:  Alex Ferrara (second team singles, second team doubles), Gallagher (first team singles, second team doubles)
  • Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Kristen Andersen, Donches, Ferrrara, Celia Tong
  • Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) all-academic team
  • ITA scholar-athletes: Jordana Bloom, Donches, Ferrara, Abbey Flynn, Gallagher, Abigail Healy, Olivia Rauss, Tong, Rachal Torg and Sarah Wolberg

Looking Ahead: Ferrara and Gallagher lead a veteran roster that will combine with a handful of newcomers to once again be a factor in the Centennial Conference postseason picture.