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Harvard Men's Tennis Downs Defending Ivy Champ Columbia to Even League Record

Junior Jonathan Pearlman earned his 11th doubles win in his last 12 matches Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A powerful performance Saturday by the doubles squad and the Crimson's top singles players allowed the Harvard men's tennis team to skate by the two-time defending Ivy League champion Columbia Lions, 5-2, at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

A clean sweep in the doubles matches gave Harvard (12-8, 1-1 Ivy League) an early 1-0 lead. With an 8-7 victory alongside partner Joshua Tchan at the No. 2 doubles spot, junior Jonathan Pearlman pushed his 2010-11 doubles record to 27-7, compiled while playing with six different partners this season. Pearlman is a combined 14-3 with two different partners during the spring's dual schedule.

Freshman Casey MacMaster grabbed a win at the No. 4 singles spot, 6-4, 6-2, over Columbia's Nathaniel Geary. MacMaster has now won five matches in a row, eight of nine, and is 12-2 this spring in dual singles play. Pearlman also won, defeating Haig Schneiderman, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 1 singles spot.

The Ivy League season continues Friday and Saturday when the Crimson heads out on the road for the first time since its spring break trip to California to take on Penn and Princeton.

No. 70 Harvard 5, Columbia 2

No. Singles   Score
1 Jonathan Pearlman def. Haig Schneiderman   6-2, 6-3
2 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Kevin Kung   2-6, 7-5, 7-5
3 Alistair Felton def. Cyril Bucher   6-2, 4-6, 6-2
4 Casey MacMaster def. Nathaniel Gery   6-4, 6-2
5 John Yetimoglu def. Andy Nguyen   6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6 Tizian Bucher def. Joshua Tchan   7-6, 6-4
  Doubles    
1 MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien def. Gery/Kung   8-6
2 Pearlman/Tchan def. C. Bucher/T. Bucher   8-7
3 Felton/Nuygen def. Rajeev Deb-Sen/Schneiderman   8-6