2019 Season Review
Signature win: The Haverford College men's tennis team got its 2019 spring season started with a bang as the Fords defeated New York University by a 5-4 score back in early March. Although it does not go into the record books as a nationally-ranked victory (as the national raters had not yet moved NYU into the top 40 with the polls in flux during the first weeks of the season) the Violets did move up to No. 36 in the national rankings later in the year. That result was just one example of many throughout the spring season which highlighted the fact that the Fords can compete with the nation's top teams. First-year George Jiang clinched the match at No. 3 singles with his three-set victory and Josh Moskovitz upset the No. 50 player in the country as the Fords took the top three singles and first two doubles matches against the Violets. The win against NYU was Haverford's first since 1923 as that series had gone dormant from that point up until the 2017 season. The Fords finished with a 13-8 overall record, just one win shy of the program record set in 1994. Haverford nearly matched that previous win mark with a narrow 5-4 defeat to then-No. 30 TCNJ and a 6-3 setback against then-No. 38 Stevens despite three new players entering the varsity lineup in a full-time role this spring.
Season Notes: Haverford went 13-8 overall in head coach Brendan Kincaid's first season as head coach, just missing the program record of 14 team victories which was set in 1994 … Kincaid led the Fords to a 7-2 record in Centennial Conference play and was named coach of the year following the season … Each of Haverford's setbacks during the 2019 season came to teams that were ranked in the national poll at some point during the spring … The Fords have now made the Centennial Conference Tournament in nine straight seasons and 13 of 14 years since the tournament's inception in 2006 … Haverford has made it to at least the semifinal round of the Centennial Conference Tournament during each of its playoff appearances, advancing to the championship match in 2007, 08, and 13 … Josh Moskovitz was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, becoming just the second Ford to ever earn that distinction (Thomas Kinrade '09; 2008) … Moskovitz was also the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year in 2016 and finishes his career as a four-time All-Centennial Conference performer in both singles and doubles … He earned first-team All-CC recognition during each of the last three years for singles and each of the last two years for doubles … His 49 career singles victories and 42 career doubles victories rank sixth and eighth in program history, respectively … Haverford finished the year ranked No. 12 as a team in the latest ITA Atlantic South Region Team poll … Moskovitz was ranked No. 11 individually for singles in the rankings where he also joined Kevin Yan to form the No. 14 ranked doubles pairing … Yan was named the Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an award bestowed upon the junior or senior with the highest cumulative GPA among players who earn All-Centennial Conference recognition … Haverford placed seven student-athletes on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll as each of its eligible All-CC players garnered recognition for their work in the classroom as well … Nick Sweeney was also named an Ambler Scholar-Athlete for having one of the top 16 GPAs among senior student-athletes at Haverford.
- Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kevin Yan
- Centennial Conference Player of the Year: Josh Moskovitz
- Centennial Conference Coach of the Year: Brendan Kincaid
- All-Centennial Conference Singles: Josh Moskovitz (first team), George Jiang (second team), Kevin Yan (second team)
- All-Centennial Conference Doubles: Josh Moskovitz/Kevin Yan (first team), George Jiang/Pranav Krishnan (second team)
- Centennial Conference Player of the Week: George Jiang (9/18), Josh Moskovitz (3/11)
- Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll: Adam Branovan, Matthew Danielson, Scott Kozarsky, Pranav Krishnan, Josh Moskovitz, Arnav Patodia, Nick Sweeney, Kevin Yan
- Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team: George Jiang
- CoSIDA Academic All-District: Kevin Yan
- Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team: Josh Moskovitz (performer of the year), Kevin Yan
- Ambler Scholar-Athlete: Nick Sweeney
Looking ahead: The Fords have an obvious hole to fill with the graduation of Centennial Conference Player of the Year Josh Moskovitz who played No. 1 during each of the last three seasons. Nick Sweeney will also graduate after playing No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles. However, the Fords do return their Nos. 2-4 in the lineup with an All-Centennial Conference performer in each of those slots with Kevin Yan, George Jiang, and Pranav Krishnan. Arnav Patodia also won double-digit matches playing No. 6 in the singles lineup. In addition to a new group of first-year student-athletes arriving on campus this fall, Haverford will be boosted by three members of its junior class who are returning from spending their entire junior years abroad: David Kong, Raja Arul, and Rob Kresch. Kong was a first-team All-CC selection in doubles and a second-team honoree in singles during his sophomore campaign, while Kresch and Arul both have over 20 combined singles and doubles wins to their resumes from their first-year and sophomore campaigns with the Fords.
2019 Season Preview
After putting together one of its strongest fall seasons in recent history, the Haverford College men's tennis team - led by first-year head coach Brendan Kincaid - bring back talented players at the top of the lineup and will look new contributors to solidify the rest of the slots as they prepare for another successful season.
Returning to the top of the lineup is Josh Moskovitz. Moskovitz is coming off a fall season during which he advanced to the quarterfinals of both singles and doubles at the ITA Atlantic South Regional Championships. He is already a three-time All-Centennial Conference performer in both singles and doubles, earning first-team accolades twice in singles (2017, 18) and once in doubles (2018). He is already a three-time Centennial Conference Player of the Week during his career and will enter his senior campaign as the No. 14-ranked singles player in the region. Moskovitz has played No. 1 singles and doubles during each of the past two years and looks to once again lead the team this spring.
Kevin Yan paired up with Moskovitz for that run to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional this fall in doubles and enters his junior season as a three-time All-Centennial Conference performer who was named rookie of the year in 2017. Yan was a first-team All-CC singles selection in his first year before garnering second-team accolades in both singles and doubles last year. Yan played No. 2 singles and doubles last year. Nick Sweeney joins the aforementioned Fords as one of the team's three tri-captains. Sweeney has contributed 11 wins in singles and 17 more in doubles throughout his career and looks to be aiming even higher in 2019 as he already made the Flight A doubles finals with Arnav Patodia during the ITA fall championship season. Now a sophomore, Patodia was a regular in the Fords' doubles lineup as a first-year where he went 6-0 during the 2017 spring season.
Pranav Krishnan is the third returning member of the Fords' lineup from last year as he held down No. 6 singles. Krishnan is off to a 5-1 start in doubles after the fall season as he paired with first-year George Jiang for that successful run. Jiang has already earned Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors during the fall season and also picked up a win in the championship singles draw at the ITA regional. Patrick Kley and Jackson Trevor join the Fords as fellow first-years along with Jiang. Both players will look to make their collegiate debuts during the spring season.
In addition to the graduation losses of four-year starters, three members of the team's junior class (David Kong, Raja Arul, and Rob Kresch) are taking advantage of Haverford College's Study Abroad program this year. While that group will be reaping all of the benefits of being a Division III student-athlete, their absence will leave the opportunity for several other members of the team to step into more prominent roles. Seniors Kevin Xuand Andrew Linden, along with junior Adam Branovan will all have that chance this year as returning upperclassmen. Sophomores Matthew Danielson, Scott Kozarsky, and Jun Mo will also be looking to add to the team in their second year with the Fords.
Men's tennis went 11-7 overall, including a 7-2 record in Centennial Conference matches last spring during Sean Sloane's final season as head coach before he announced his retirement after 21 years with the Haverford College men's tennis program. The Fords finished third in the regular standings last spring and fell to Swarthmore during the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Tournament. Haverford has made the Centennial Conference Tournament 12 times in the 13-year history of the CC playoffs. The Fords made it to at least the semifinal round in each of those appearances, including three trips to the conference championship match (2007, 08, 13).
A challenging non-conference slate for the 2019 season includes a trip to California during the College's week of Spring Break where the team will play five matches in four days. Haverford's home opener is set for Saturday, March 9 against NYU and will be one of eight matches the Fords will play at home this spring.