Boys Tennis struggles in doubles, shines in singles during first week of play
April 4, 2014
This week, the Haverford Boys Tennis team begin to tackle its Central League schedule, facing Lower Merion, Upper Darby, and Radnor.
On Monday, away against Lower Merion High School, Haverford faced one of the top teams in the Central League. Although Haverford struggled to take home any match wins, the doubles team of Jack McGovern and Robbie Simpson gave their opponents a run for their money in a tight second set.
Haverford went on to host its archrival Upper Darby High School on Tuesday. A victory by singles player Pat Storey elevated Haverford to a 3-3 tie with Upper Darby entering the final match of the afternoon. Doubles players Dharman Anandarajan and Luke DeWerth-Jaffe rose to the occasion, dominating the second set but ultimately falling in a highly-contested third and deciding set.
The final match of the week against Radnor High School took place on Haverford soil on Thursday. While the team could not secure the victory, Haverford’s top two singles players Nate Frank and Jonathan Abraham picked up individual wins. Abraham personally captured his match by dominating a third set super-tiebreaker in the midst of scattered raindrops as dusk descended.
Frank and Abraham will contest the Central League Singles Championships this Friday and Saturday at the HealthPlex Sports Club. Their strong performances against Radnor will surely instill in them confidence in the tournament this weekend.
Haverford’s next match is Monday, April 7th, at Ridley High School.
Connor Gallagher is a contributor for thefordian.com