Harvard Falls to Northwestern in First Dual of the Season

Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien earned the Crimson's lone singles victory Friday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The team score may not show it, but the Harvard men's tennis team played close in every match against Northwestern Friday afternoon before finally falling in all but one singles and one doubles contest, losing 6-1 in its first dual of the spring.

Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien won the Crimson's only singles match of the day, defeating the Wildcats' Raleigh Smith, 7-6, 7-6. Omodele-Lucien fought back from being down 4-0 in the first set, winning five straight games before winning, 7-6.

Each doubles match was close, but the Crimson could only grab one win from the duo of junior Jonathan Pearlman and freshman Casey MacMaster, who defeated Northwestern's Eric Spector and Chris Jackman, 8-6. Pearlman fell in a tight match at the No. 1 singles spot versus Joshua Graves. Pearlman won the first set 6-3, but was then edged 7-5 in the second and lost a long tiebreaker, 10-6, in the third.

Harvard heads right back to competition at noon Saturday against another Big Ten Conference opponent, this time facing Purdue, on the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

Northwestern 6, Harvard 1
No. Singles   Score
1 Joshua Graves (NU) def. Jonathan Pearlman   3-6, 7-5, 10-6
2 Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Alistair Felton   6-2, 6-3
3 Tobias Reitz def. Alexei Chijoff-Evans   7-6(5), 6-3
4 Andrew McCarthy def. Joshua Tchan   6-4, 6-3
5 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Raleigh Smith   7-6, 7-6
6 Chris Jackman def. Davis Mangham   6-4, 6-4
1 Graves/Wolf def. Felton/Andy Nguyen   8-5
2 McCarthy/Reitz def. Omodele-Lucien/Tchan   8-6
3 Pearlman/MacMaster def. Spector/Jackman   8-5