March 4, 2012
Men's Tennis Opens Spring Break With Victory Over No. 30 Occidental; Falls to No. 6 Kenyon
LOS ANGELES - The Swarthmore College men's tennis team (2-1) split the opening matches of their spring break campaign in California, defeating No. 30 Occidental College, 5-4, and falling to No. 6 Kenyon College 8-1.
Against Occidental, the Garnet men supplemented its one doubles point with four singles victories in a number of close matches. Sophomores Anthony Collard and Max Kaye picked up the win at number 2 doubles against Occidental's Perkins and Choy, 8-4, while both the number one and number three doubles teams dropped tight 8-6 decisions to Occidental.
In singles play, Senior Zak Kelm redeemed his loss at number one doubles by defeating Kevin Siebs at number one singles, 6-3, 6-0. Senior Max Bressman also picked up a singles win at number 3, defeating Jordan Brown, in tight 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 decision.
Sophomores Preston Poon and Daniel Park also picked up singles wins for the Garnet at numbers five and six, respectively, with Poon coming back to defeat Choy, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-0, and Park defeating Gilmor easily, 6-1, 6-0.
Occidental won two singles matches at number two and number four, with Shapiro defeating Collard, 6-3, 6-2, and Perkins defeating freshman Max Sacks, 6-4, 7-5.
In their second match against No. 6 Kenyon College, Kaye won his singles match at number five, defeating Rosensteel, 6-4, 6-1. The scores were close, indicating a competitive match, as the number one doubles team of Bressman/Kelm dropped a tight 9-7 set, and the number two (Collard/Kaye) and number three (Sacks/Park) doubles teams lost 8-4, 8-3, respectively.
In other singles action, Bressman nearly pulled out a win in a tight three sets, but ultimately fell to Williams, 6-4, 0-6, 6-10. Kelm faced a challenging opponent in #26 Burgin, but fought hard for a final score of 4-6, 1-6.
Rounding out the singles lineup were Collard at number two, who was defeated 6-1, 6-1, Sacks at number four, who was defeated in a tight 7-5, 6-3 match, and Park at number six, dropping his sets 6-3, 7-6.
The Swarthmore men continue their spring break matches tomorrow against Villanova and Whittier College.