No. 21 Men's Tennis Rallies Past Vassar, 5-4
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Despite falling behind 4-1 early in the match, the No. 21 Swarthmore men's tennis team (8-7, 1-0 CC) surged back to win the bottom four singles matches to pull off a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Vassar College on Saturday afternoon.
With the match even at 4-4, sophomore Christian Carcione completed the Garnet comeback with a tight 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Vassar's Josh Kessler at No. 6 singles.
In double action, sophomores Anthony Collard and Daniel Park pick up Swat's lone win a the No. 3 spot. The Brewers took a 2-1 lead at the break with, edging Swarthmore at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots. The Garnet fell in No. 1 doubles 9-7 and No. 2 doubles 8-6.
After then falling in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, the Garnet needed to fight itsway back into the match and that's exactly what happened.
The Garnet pulled within 4-3 with wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles, leaving only No. 5 and No. 6 singles to decide the match. Vassar needed one win and Swarthmore needed both wins.
Vassar seemed as if they would finish off that match as Kessler owned the first set 6-2 against Carcione at No. 6 and Platt stole the first set against Preston Poon, 7-6, in a thrilling 12-10 tiebreaker at No. 5.
Poon rebounded to take the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 and even the score at 4-4, leaving the third set at No. 6 to decide the match.
Carcione dashed Vassar's hopes of an upset with a tight 6-4 win in the third set.
The Garnet return to Centennial Conference play on Tuesday April 3 when they face off against McDaniel at 4:00 pm.