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Harvard and Yale will meet in a pivotal Ivy match April 18 at the Beren Tennis Center. Both teams are still alive in the hunt for the Ivy League title.
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The Crimson picked up its third consecutive win over an Ancient Eight opponent, downing Brown 5-2 April 16. Harvard claimed all three doubles matches to put the pressure on early with a 1-0 lead. Alexei Chijoff-Evans cruised to victory at the No. 1 singles spot. Harvard captured wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles positions to secure the win.
The Crimson is 12-10 on the season and 3-2 in the conference heading into the match. Harvard has won its last three matches, defeating Penn, Princeton and Brown. The Crimson sits in fifth in the Ancient Eight standings. Alexei Chijoff-Evans leads the team in singles wins this spring with 18 at the No. 1 position. Alistair Felton is close behind with 16 victories. The doubles tandem of Aba Omodele-Lucien and Christo Schultz has accrued 15 doubles wins this season at the top spot.
The Bulldogs come into the match with a 14-7 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Ivy League. Yale is riding a four-match winning streak after earning wins over Ivy foes Cornell, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs are narrowly in second in the Ivy League behind Columbia.
Columbia sits atop the Ivy League standings with a 5-1 conference record. Yale is just off the lead with a 4-1 mark in the Ancient Eight. Cornell and Princeton are within striking distance at 4-2 on the year in the Ivy League. Harvard is 3-2 in the conference to remain in the mix to claim the 2010 Ivy League crown.
The Crimson closes out the regular season with a home match against Dartmouth, April 21. Harvard will honor its lone senior, Michael Hayes, before the match.