ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Doubles Team of Felton and Nguyen Win Northeast Regional Title

Junior Alistair Felton and sophomore Andy Nguyen pose after winning the ITA Northeast Regional doubles title Tuesday morning (photo courtesy Andrew Rueb).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The doubles pair of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen will get a shot at a national championship in two weeks after defeating Matt Spindler and Augie Bloom of Princeton Tuesday to win the doubles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional.

Felton and Nguyen's win wrapped up six days of singles and doubles competition for the Crimson at the ITA Northeast Regional hosted by Yale. The duo will now look ahead towards the ITA Indoor National Championships Nov. 4-7 in Flushing, N.Y.

"They played great team doubles and won the court position battle in each match," said Harvard assistant coach Andrew Rueb. "Andy has really improved his serve this past year, adding more pop and spin, and it showed this weekend."

Felton also had a solid tournament in singles. He was the only Harvard player who went through qualifying and before it was all over, Felton won four straight matches, losing just one set, before finally falling to Brown's Sam Fife, 1-6, 5-7, in the third round.

"Alistair was the dominant net player all tournament with dashing poaches and strong finishing volleys," said Rueb.

Felton and Nguyen's success was equaled match for match by another Harvard doubles team, Jonathan Pearlman and Christo Schultz. The pair made it all the way through to the semifinals, setting up a potential all-Harvard final on Tuesday, but would retire to Princeton's Spindler and Bloom due to academic conflicts.

Schultz, Pearlman and Casey MacMaster all made it to the fourth round of their respective singles brackets before falling short of the quarterfinals, as the Crimson went 11-6 as a team in singles competition.

Harvard will host its final home event of the fall season Oct. 29-31 with the Big Crimson Halloween Invitational.­