PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Dartmouth men’s tennis freshmen David Horneffer and Charlie Broom saw their first trip to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional come to a close on Monday with their losses in singles play.
"David and Charlie both had terrific runs at Regionals," head coach Chris Drake said. "I don't think we have had a freshman in the quarterfinal in over 20 years, so to have two of them is really a great accomplishment. David did a great job beating a very good player -- and a senior -- from Cornell to get to the quarterfinal. He had some chances against Pompan in the semis and very nearly made the final.
"We are thrilled with the progress they are making on court, but also how they are doing as teammates," Drake continued. "They are team players that want to improve and play well for Dartmouth, which is what we are most happy about with the two of them."
In the quarterfinal, both Big Green rookies faced players from Cornell. Horneffer won his first set against Colin Sinclair, 6-3, but dropped the second by the same score. Both played well in the final set, but it was Horneffer that walked away with the victory following another 6-3 victory. Broom took on Mike Vrabl, falling to the Big Red player, 6-4, 6-0.
Later that day in the semifinal, Horneffer’s match against Penn’s Josh Pompan went to three sets, with the Quaker narrowly winning the first, 7-6, before Horneffer won the second, 6-4. Pompan took the third by a score of 6-3 to advance to the final.
This coming weekend, Dartmouth will head to Cambridge for the Harvard UTR Open, which will take place from Oct. 28-30. After that, just two more tournaments remain on the fall schedule before the Big Green take a two-month break.
(Quarterfinal): Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Sinclair (Cornell), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
(Quarterfinal): Vrabl (Cornell) def. Broom (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-0
(Semifinal): Pompan (Penn) def. Horneffer (Dartmouth), 7-6, 4-6, 6-3