By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The Haverford School senior, who will be playing tennis for the University of Richmond in the fall, has been the No. 1 singles player for the Fords’ stellar squad the past three years. Walsh made the all-tournament team at the National High School Tennis All-American Invitational in Newport Beach California in March.
The varsity tennis team at The Haverford School has won 35 Inter-Ac titles, including nine in the past 10 years. Haverford returned to Newport Beach, California in March 2018 to play in the high school nationals for the second time in three years.
The team prides itself in the fitness and conditioning of its athletes, which helps them overcome tough matches. The team philosophy is "don't hurt the team" -- put your team first by always doing what is right. Our mentality remains positive, no matter what adversity we face. Senior leadership plays a key role in the team's success, developing role models for the younger athletes to look up to.
Head Coach: Antonio Fink
Antonio Fink has been head coach of tennis at The Haverford School since 2009. In that time, the team has won eight Inter-Ac titles.
Fink played Division I tennis at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, where he studied fine arts. He also taught tennis at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. Fink graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1989 and has taught art at The Haverford School since 2002.
By Bruce Adams, PAPrepLive.com
The Haverford School tennis team finished 15th at the 2018 National High School Tennis All-American Boys Invitational Team Tournament March 24 in Newport Beach, Calif. The tournament, which features some of the nation's best high school tennis teams, was held at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach.
Fords tennis capped its 9-3 season with a shutout victory against Princeton Day School.
Final Score: Haverford 5 Princeton Day 0
S1. John Walsh (H) d. Lex Decker (P) (ret.)
S2. Nick Chakraborty (H) d. Aaron Phagat (P) 6-2, 6-0
S3. Grayson Potter (H) d. Aneesh Kumar (P) 6-1, 6-0
D1. Emilio Fink/Julius Golz (H) d. Riley Gudgel/Aaron Chu (P) 6-2, 6-3
D2. Thomas Ward/Cole Wolf (H) d. Eric Leung/Will Sedgley (P) 6-2, 6-0
Fords tennis captured its 9th consecutive Inter-Ac title with a 7-0 shutout at Malvern.
Haverford wins ninth consecutive Inter-Ac title.
S2. Julius Golz (H) d. A. Bull (M) 6-1, 6-0
S3. Cole Wolf (H) d. C. Diaton (M) 6-2, 6-3
D1. Emilio Fink/Thomas Ward (H) d. Harrington/Upadaya (M) 6-0, 6-0
D2. Sunny Yu/Jared Hoefner (H) d. Murphy/Szipsky (M) 6-0, 7-6 (6-3)
D3. Ryan Astley/ Aly Ba (H) d. Riley/Upadaya (M) 6-2, 6-0
D4. Jeff Bozzi/Aditya Sardesai (H) d. Barker/McCollough (M) 6-4, 6-1
Fords tennis recorded its second shutout win in as many days, defeating LaSalle College High School 7-0.
Final Score: Haverford 7 LaSalle 0
S2. Nick Chakraborty (H) d. D. Porreca (L) 6-2, 6-4
S3. Grayson Potter (H) d. O. DeAngelis (L) 6-3, 6-4
D1. Emilio Fink/Julius Golz (H) d. Paris/Fernandez (L) 6-2, 6-1
D2. Thomas Ward/Cole Wolf (H) d. Williamson/Catanzerati (L) 8-2
D3. Ryan Astley/Sunny Yu (H) d. Denny/Towers (L) 6-3, 6-1
D4. Aly Ba/Jared Hoefner (H) d. Meitner/Kennedy (L) 8-1
Fords tennis moved one step closer to its ninth consecutive Inter-Ac title with a shutout victory over SCHA.
Final Score: Haverford 7 SCHA 0
S2. Grayson Potter (H) d. E. Veleanu (SCH) 6-1, 6-4
S3. Cole Wolf (H) d. A. Sissik (SCH) 6-3, 6-0
D1. Julius Golz/Emilio Fink (H) d.C. Filipini/V. Jones (SCH) 6-2, 6-0
D2. Thomas Ward /Sunny Yu (H) d. C. Golden/S. Kimono (SCH) 6-2, 6-2
D3. Mike Pilkington /Jared Hoefner (H) d. D. Lubell/E. Beck (SCH) 6-4, 6-4
D4. Jeff Bozzi/Alex Sun (H) d. G.Peck/J. Yetter (SCH) 6-4, 6-2
The Fords dropped a close match to Lawrenceville, 3-2. Senior John Walsh won a straight-set victory at first singles, and the second doubles team of Aly Ba and Jared Hoefner recorded their second win in as many days.
Final Score: Lawrenceville 3 Haverford 2
S2. J. Cai (L) d. Grayson Potter (H) 6-0, 6-2
S3. J. Friedland (L) d. Cole Wolf (H) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
D1. D. Wellemeyer/R. Patel (L) d. Emilio Fink/Sunny Yu (H) 6-4, 6-1
D2. Jared Hoefner/Aly Ba (H) d. W. Shum/J. D’Sousa (L) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Despite strong performances from first, second and third doubles, Fords tennis dropped a close match to Germantown Friends, 4-3.
Final Score: Germantown Friends 4 Haverford 3
S1. H. Ruger (GF) d. John Walsh (H) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
S2. D. Loder (GF) d. Julius Golz (H) 6-2, 6-3
S3. Z. Schneider (GF) d. Emilio Fink (H) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
D1. Cole Wolf/Sunny Yu (H) d. Peterson/Harrity (GF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
D2. Ryan Astley/Thomas Ward (H) d. Palmer/A. Loder (GF) 6-4, 6-4
D3. Jared Hoefner /Aly Ba (H) d. Goldberg/Eisenstein (GF) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
D4. Cohen/Duong (GF) d. Jeff Bozzi/Noah Rubien (H) 6-3, 6-2
Clutch victories by Emilio Fink at third singles and the first doubles team of Julius Golz and Cole Wolf helped the Fords to edge Inter-Ac rival GA 4-3.
Final Score: Haverford 4 Germantown Academy 3
S1. E. Pribitkin (GA) d. Nick Chakraborty (H) 6-1, 6-1
S2. A. Yan (GA) d. Grayson Potter (H) 6-3, 6-4
S3. Emilio Fink (H) d. M. Rojas (GA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
D1. Cole Wolf/Julius Golz (H) d. Wang/Rhodes (GA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
D2. Sunny Yu/Thomas Ward (H) d. Felgoise/Becker (GA) 6-2, 5-2
D3. Jeff Bozzi/Aly Ba (H) d. Griswold/Abraham (GA) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
D4. Chee/Gong (GA) d. Noah Rubien/Aditya Sardesai (H) 6-2, 6-4
Haverford School tennis placed fifth in a field of 15 at the 2018 George C. Shafer Jr. Doubles Invitational Tournament. The tournament, hosted by Episcopal Academy, featured some of the East Coast's top high school teams, including Gilman School (MD), Phillips Academy Andover (MA), Sidwell Friends School (DC), and Lawrenceville School (NJ).
The Fords were paced by strong showings from the first doubles team of John Walsh and Grayson Potter, who reached the finals of their flight, and by the second doubles team of Nick Chakraborty and Julius Golz, who reached the semifinals. Gilman was the tournament champion, with 20.5 points, while the Fords recorded 15 points for their fifth place finish.