Men's Tennis Stuns No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-4; Defeats CalTech 8-1
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Swarthmore College men's tennis team earned its biggest win in recent memory, upsetting No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-4 on its home court on Thursday evening. The other half of the Garnet squad made it a 2-for-2 day by easily dispatching CalTech 8-1.
Against Claremont, the Garnet players won five out of the six singles matches to capture the win.
At one, two, and three singles, senior Zak Kelm, sophomore Anthony Collard, and senior Max Bressman all fought hard for tough three-set wins. Kelm defeated No. 19 Wood, 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4, Collard defeated No. 12 Alex, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, and Bressman handed Erani a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 loss.
Sophomore Max Kaye also picked up a singles win at number four, defeating No. 39 Cahill in two tight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Daniel Park picked up the fifth match for the Garnet at number six singles, defeating Pereverzin, 6-2, 6-3.
Sophomore Preston Poon held down the number five spot, but was defeated by Kotrappa, 6-2, 6-2.
The Garnet dropped all three doubles matches, with Bressman/Kelm falling at number one, 8-2 to No. 10 Lane/Wood and Collard/Kaye dropping their set at number to Erani/Perevezin, 8-2. Park paired up with freshman Irving Stone, and also dropped their set at number three to Kotrappa/Wei, 8-3.
In their second match against Caltech, the Swarthmore men only dropped one match at number one doubles, taking an 8-1 win over the team.
Freshman Max Sacks and junior James Wieler earned an 8-6 win at number two doubles against Runkel/Agarwal, and junior Malik Mubeen and freshman Harrison Lands won at number three doubles, defeating Zhao/An, 8-2. At number one doubles, junior Seth Udelson and sophomore Christian Carcione lost a tight 8-4 set to Joshi/Mernik.
The men routed the Caltech players in singles and swept the six matches for the day. Sacks winning at number one easily, 6-1, 6-2, Carcione winning at number two 6-2, 6-3, Wieler winning at three, and Mubeen winning at number four, 6-1, 6-1. Udelson and freshman Carl DeFranco rounded out the singles lineup, winning at five and six, respectively, 6-1, 6-4, and 6-1, 6-1.
The Garnet has one more match against Pomona-Pitzer remaining during their spring break trip.