2018 Season Review

Signature win: Without a doubt, the Fords' signature win came in the biggest match of the year as Haverford defeated rival Swarthmore, 5-1, during the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament. That victory avenged one of just two conference defeats that the Fords suffered during the regular season, reversing a 6-3 team score from less than a month prior. That playoff victory put Haverford in the Centennial Conference Championship match for just the second time in program history (2014), before the Fords ultimately fell to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in the conference title match.

The win against the rival Garnet helped propel Haverford to the No. 40 ranking in the final ITA team rankings, the first time Haverford had attained a national ranking in school history. The Fords were competing in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the ninth time during the past 10 seasons after finishing third in the Centennial Conference's regular season standings.

Season Notes: Haverford went 13-4 overall under first-year head coach Andrew Cohn, including an 8-2 record in Centennial Conference matches … The Fords' final ranking of No. 40 marked the first time the program was nationally-ranked in school history … Haverford finished the season as the No. 8-ranked team in the ITA's Atlantic South Region … Julia Gan finished the year as the 21st ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region, while the Fords' doubles pairing of Jane Baryand Emily Shutman was also regionally-ranked throughout the regular season … Haverford made just its second trip to the Centennial Conference Championship in school history (2014) … The Fords have made the Centennial Conference Tournament during nine of the last 10 seasons … The four players who earned All-Centennial Conference recognition in singles was the most in the history of the program as the team had three singles players honored previously during the 2011 and 2014 seasons … Haverford's doubles team of Jane Bary and Emily Shutman became the first Haverford duo since the 2015 campaign to earn All-CC recognition with its second-team honors … Haverford's seven selections to the Centennial Conference's Academic Honor Roll tied the school record which was first set just one season ago … Jane Bary was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team for the second straight season … Haverford was one of just two schools in the entire Philadelphia area (Drexel) to have multiple student-athletes selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team … Haverford has been honored with the ITA's All-Academic Team Award every year since 2004, a streak of 15 straight years.

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Looking ahead: Hitting previously unmatched heights during the 2017-18 season, Haverford appears to be in prime position to continue its growth as a program in the immediate future. Three of Haverford's record-breaking four All-Centennial Conference singles players return, minus the graduation loss of four-year starter and two-time All-Centennial Conference performer Greta Koch. In addition to regionally-ranked Julia Gan, along with All-CC performers Jane Bary and Emily Shutman, rising junior Clara Farrehi and rising sophomore Sam Berg filled out a young postseason lineup for the Fords that will only continue to improve in the coming seasons. 

 

2018 Season Preview

The Haverford College women's tennis team won 10 matches last year and advanced to the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament as the Fords were playing their best tennis towards the end of the season, headlined by a 5-1 win against Washington College in the conference's first round matchup. With several players returning from that team, expectations are high for another successful campaign in 2018 as head coach Andrew Cohn begins his first season at Haverford.

Sophomore Emily Shutman and senior Greta Koch filled the first two spots in the Haverford lineup last spring and will be relied upon near the top of the singles lineup again this season. Shutman played No. 1 singles last spring and won five matches. Koch, who is a team co-captain, was an honorable mention All-Centennial Conference performer during the 2015 season and has 27 career victories in singles to her credit. She played No. 2 singles during each of her first three years with the team.

Junior Jane Bary was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team last year and went 9-3 overall in singles, playing primarily at the No. 4 position in the lineup. She was 6-1 against Centennial Conference competition in singles matches in her first year with the team. The Fords also have plenty of players with experience ready to fill the vacant spots in the lineup due to graduation. Co-captain Jia-Ling Tuan has 11 singles wins during her career, playing as high as No. 3 singles throughout her career. Izzy Angstman added two wins a season ago, with both coming against conference foes. Annika UlrichRenata DiDonato, and Mima Khazanov also have wins in singles during their career.

Doubles was a strength of the team last season with Clara Farrehi's 13 wins, seven of which came in conference matches, leading the team. She played most frequently at No. 3 doubles a year ago. Koch played No. 1 doubles and was part of a paring that recorded four of its five wins in the top position against conference foes. The only full pairing to return is the duo of Shutman and Bary, went 9-3 together – with a 7-2 CC record – at the No. 2 doubles slot.

The lineup will also be bolstered by talented newcomers to the team. Julia Gan advanced to the Round of 32 at the ITA Southeast Regional championship singles draw during the fall and will look for continued success in her first spring with the team. First year players Sam BergSarah EvensonAnanya Prakash, and Natalie Williams join the team looking to make their mark on the program during the coming matches.

A team consistently ranked among the region's best in recent years, women's tennis has made the Centennial Conference Tournament during eight of the past nine seasons. The Fords have made it to at least the semifinal round during all but one of those appearances. Haverford's lone appearance in the championship match came during the 2014 season. The team was predicted for a third place finish in the Centennial Conference standings in the preseason poll of the conference's head coaches after a fourth place showing in 2017.