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Men's Tennis Rolls Past Princeton, Punches Ticket to Finals

Photo of sophomore Alistair Felton moved up to the No. 2 singles spot and picked up a win for the Crimson in the semifinals of the ECAC Championships, courtesy of DSPics.com.

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Harvard men's tennis team downed Princeton, 6-1, in the semifinals of the ECAC Championships, Sunday afternoon. The Crimson picked up its third consecutive win by sweeping the singles matches. 

Harvard (3-2) picked up a victory in doubles play as sophomore Alistair Felton and freshman Andy Nguyen teamed up to win at the No. 2 position, 8-4. Junior Alexei Chijoff-Evans and rookie Joshua Tchan nearly clinched the doubles point for the Crimson. The pair fell in a tiebreaker, 7-3, after each side had won eight games. However, the Tigers used a win at the top position to claim the doubles point.

The Crimson did not back down after trailing 1-0 going into singles play. Harvard won all six matches to claim the victory and to earn a spot in the title tilt for the second year in a row. Chijoff-Evans won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot. Felton moved up to the No. 2 singles position and continued his winning ways, picking up his fifth consecutive singles victory and team-best 11th of the season. At the third singles slot, junior Aba Omodele-Lucien rebounded to win a third set tiebreaker after winning the first set and narrowly dropping the second. Three freshmen grabbed wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots. Tchan, Christo Schultz and Nguyen all won their matches in convincing fashion, handling their opponents in two sets.

Harvard will vie for its second-straight ECAC crown Monday against top-seeded Columbia. The championship match is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

Results
Singles
No. 1 Chijoff-Evans, Harvard def. Siow, Princeton: 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Felton, Harvard def. Shoji, Princeton: 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Omodele-Lucien, Harvard def. Spindler, Princeton: 6-2, 6-7, 11-9
No. 4 Tchan, Harvard def. Yegya-Raman, Princeton: 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Schultz, Harvard def. Crutchfield, Princeton: 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Nguyen, Harvard def. Lin, Princeton: 6-1, 6-4

Doubles
No. 1 Siow/Shoji, Princeton def. Omodele-Lucien/Schultz, Harvard: 8-5
No. 2 Felton/Nguyen, Harvard def. Crutchfield/Lin, Princeton: 8-4
No. 3 Spindler/Faust, Princeton def. Chijoff-Evans/Tchan, Harvard: 9-8 (7-3)