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Harvard Men's Tennis Downed by Cornell in ECAC Semifinal

Junior Davis Mangham played to a tiebreaker at the No. 6 singles spot Sunday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team fell short of defending its back-to-back ECAC Championships Sunday, falling to top-seeded Cornell, 5-2, at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

The Crimson lost the doubles point early on to fall behind, 1-0, after Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen lost at the No. 1 spot and the duo of Alexei Chijoff-Evans and Joshua Tchan had its comeback effort fall short at 8-6. The pair was up, 40-0, and needed one more point to tie the match at 7-7, but No. 73 Cornell's Mirza Klis and Evan McElwain scored five straight points to take the match and clinch the doubles point.

Nguyen and Joshua Tchan won their respective singles matches at the No. 3 and No. 4 slots, respectively. Junior Davis Mangham took the Big Red's Zhongming Chen all the way to a tiebreaking third set, only to fall, 11-9.

Harvard faces Princeton Monday at 9 a.m. in the third-place match.

Cornell 5, Harvard 2

No. Singles   Score
1 Jonathan Jaklitsch def. Jonathan Pearlman   6-3, 6-2
2 Andy Gauthier def. Alistair Felton   6-3, 6-2
3 Andy Nguyen def. Mirza Klis   7-6(2), 6-2
4 Joshua Tchan def. Jeremy Feldman   6-1, 6-2
5 Evan Bernstein def. Casey MacMaster   7-5, 6-2
6 Evan McElvain def. Davis Mangham
  6-2, 3-6, 11-9
  Doubles    
1 Bernstein/Jaklitsch def. Felton/Nguyen   8-5
2 MacMaster/Pearlman def. Feldman/Gauthier   8-5
3 Klis/McElwain def. Chijoff-Evans/Tchan   8-6