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Men's Tennis Crowned ECAC Indoor Champion

Junior Alexei Chijoff-Evans (pictured) played a vital role in helping the Crimson claim the ECAC Indoor Team title, winning at the No. 1 singles position in all three matches.
Photo courtesy of DSPics.com.

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Harvard men's tennis team captured the 2010 ECAC Indoor Team Championship. The championship match pitted top-seeded Columbia against No. 2 Harvard. The Crimson prevailed over the Lions, 5-2, winning its second ECAC title in as many years and its fourth-consecutive dual match.

Harvard claimed the early doubles point, sweeping all three matches. Junior Aba Omodele-Lucien and freshman Christo Schultz earned an 8-6 victory at the top spot while sophomore Alistair Felton and rookie Andy Nguyen won at the No. 2 spot by the same score. At the third doubles slot, the pair of junior Alexei Chijoff-Evans and freshman Joshua Tchan completed the sweep with an 8-5 win.

The Crimson picked up four wins in singles action en route to the title. Chijoff-Evans claimed his ninth victory of the season, winning 6-2, 6-4 at the No.1 slot. For the second match in a row, Harvard grabbed wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions from Tchan, rookie Christo Schultz and Nguyen. Tchan rolled to a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the fourth singles spot. Schultz fought back at the No. 5 position after dropping the first set. The first-year player rebounded to win the second and third sets to capture the win. Nguyen handled his opponent efficiently at the sixth singles slot, triumphing 6-3, 6-1.

Harvard (4-2) returns to action as it travels to the Hoosier State to take on No. 49 Indiana, Feb. 20, and Purdue, Feb. 21.

Results
Singles
No. 1 Chijoff-Evans, Harvard def. Wong, Columbia: 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Nichifor, Columbia def. Felton, Harvard: 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Schneiderman, Columbia def. Omodele-Lucien, Harvard : 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 Tchan, Harvard def. Deb-Sen, Columbia: 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Schultz, Harvard def. Bucher, Columbia: 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 Nguyen, Harvard def. Gery, Columbia: 6-3, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 Omodele-Lucien/Schultz, Harvard def. Wong/Nichifor, Columbia: 8-6
No. 2 Felton/Nguyen, Harvard def. Schneiderman/Gery, Columbia: 8-6
No. 3 Chijoff-Evans/Tchan, Harvard def. Deb-Sen/Kung, Columbia: 8-5