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Crimson Men's Tennis Splits Doubleheader

Freshman Brendan Seaver won his singles debut in dual competition Sunday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Alistair Felton picked up his first two singles wins in dual competition this spring to lead the No. 64 Harvard men's tennis team to a doubleheader split Sunday, as the Crimson fell, 4-3, to No. 72 William & Mary and swept local rival Boston University, 7-0.

The split moves Harvard's season record to 2-3. Felton defeated Jamie Whiteford of William & Mary, 7-6, 6-3, at the No. 3 singles spot, then finished the day with a win over the Terriers' Jarred Pendleton, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 2 slot. Felton fell in doubles with partner Andy Nguyen against the Tribe's Sebastien Vidal and Jamie Whiteford in a close, 9-8, match.

It was the tightly contested doubles point that would make the difference in the 4-3 win for William & Mary. All three doubles matches went to a tiebreaker, ending at 9-8, and the Tribe won two of three matches to earn the point. The teams split the singles matches 3-3.

Against Boston University in the nightcap, Harvard won every single match, sweeping the doubles for the point there and winning each singles competition, including the duals debuts of freshmen Casey MacMaster, Brendan Seaver and John Thornton.

The Crimson hosts another doubleheader at the Murr Center Tennis Courts Friday with Davidson and Qunnipiac visiting to wrap up a seven-game season-opening homestand for Harvard.

William & Mary 4, Harvard 3

No. Singles   Score
1 Anton Andersson def. Jonathan Pearlman   6-3, 1-6, 6-4
2 Ben Guthrie def. Alexei Chijoff-Evans   6-0, 6-1
3 Alistair Felton def. Jamie Whiteford   7-6, 6-3
4 Sebastien Vidal def. Aba Omodele-Lucien   6-4, 6-4
5 Andy Nguyen def. Ben Hoogland   1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6 Joshua Tchan def. Adrian Vodislav   6-1, 6-2
  Doubles    
1 Vidal/Whiteford def. Felton/Nguyen   9-8
2 Andersson/Ilja Orre def. MacMaster/Pearlman   9-8
3 Omodele-Lucien/Tchan def. Guthrie/Daniel Mihalov   9-8

Harvard 7, Boston University 0

No. Singles   Score
1 Alexei Chijoff-Evans def. Josh Friedman   2-6, 6-3, 10-8
2 Alistair Felton def. Jarred Pendleton   6-0, 6-3
3 Casey MacMaster def. Michael Kopelman   6-3, 6-1
4 Davis Mangham def. Jesse Frieder   6-2, 6-1
5 John Thornton def. Ferdinand Brunet   3-6, 6-3, 10-3
6 Brendan Seaver def. Bill Kring   6-1, 6-2
  Doubles    
1 Chijoff-Evans/Mangham def. Friedman/Kopelman   8-1
2 Omodele-Lucien/Tchan def. Frieder/Pendleton   8-0
3 MacMaster/Seaver def. Alex Hallenbeck/Alex Green   8-4