Men's Tennis Reaches Centennial Final With 5-2 Win at Franklin & Marshall
YORK, Pa. - The No. 3 seed Swarthmore College men's tennis team (14-9) is heading to the Centennial Conference title match for the first time since 2010 thanks to a 5-2 triumph over No. 2 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday from the Weishaven Tennis Center.
The Garnet - ranked No. 27 in the nation - move on to face the winner of No. 1 Johns Hopkins and No. 5 seed Haverford tomorrow at 3:00 pm in Baltimore.
The win provided a measure of revenge for the Garnet, which was ousted on its home court by F&M in last season's Centennial semifinals and fell to the Dips earlier in the 2012 season.
Swarthmore jumped ahead 2-1 after doubles play thanks to a tight victories at the No. 2 position and a rout from No. 3. Senior Zak Kelm and sophomore Christian Carcione took No. 2 doubles over F&M's Tommy Weibye/Nolan Bacchieri by a score of 9-7. From No. 3, sophomores Anthony Collard and Daniel Park pushed the Garnet ahead with an 8-1 win.
In singles play, Swarthmore's dept proved to be the difference in the close contest. Senior Maxwell Bressman defeated Tommy Weibye 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 while sophomore Max Kaye won 6-3, 6-0 over Nolan Bacchieri to put Swat ahead 4-2. Sophomore Preston Poon then sealed the match at the No. 5 spot with a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Diplomats Eric Rouff.
Tomorrow's championship match from Baltimore is set to begin at 3:00