HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College men's tennis team put up a tough fight against Case Western Reserve and had its chances up and down lineup. However, the No. 20 Spartans showed why they are nationally-ranked with multiple late match saves in an 8-1 win over Haverford on Friday evening.
The Spartans swept all three doubles matches, but had to work hard for each point. The Fords' No. 1 pairing of David Kong and Josh Moskovitz won six games against the Spartans' top pairing before falling by a hard-fought 8-6 final. The No. 3 team of Raja Arul and Ishaan Prinz collected five games during its turn in the lineup. Case Western Reserve won the middle doubles match by an 8-1 score.
Kevin Yan seemingly had some momentum going in Haverford's favor to start singles play as he took down the No. 19 player in the Central Region by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Playing the No. 2 singles match, Yan has now won two straight in singles. Case Western Reserve answered with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles as Josh Moskovitz fell in a tight match to the No. 12 player in the Central Region.
Haverford had a chance to get back into the match as both Ishaan Prinz and David Kong were locked in tight three-set battles. Prinz, playing No. 3 singles, went up a set early with a 6-2 win in the first, but his opponent clinched the team score with a 6-4 victory in the third. Kong mounted a stern comeback by evening his match with a 6-2 set win in the second. However, his opponent handed the Haverford sophomore his first singles defeat of the entire year with a 6-3 win in the third set of No. 4 singles.
Case Western Reserve wrapped the match up with a pair of 6-3, 6-3 wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions.
Men's tennis will be back at home tomorrow morning as the Fords battle No. 19 Kenyon. That match has been moved back to a 10 a.m. start.