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Harvard Men's Tennis Tops Yale in 90th Meeting

Junior Jonathan Pearlman evened his singles record with a win at No. 1 Friday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Momentum carried Friday from doubles to singles play for the No. 65 Harvard men's tennis team (14-9, 3-2 Ivy League), as the players who won their doubles matches also won their singles contests, helping the Crimson defeat Yale, 5-2.

The pair of Jonathan Pearlman and Joshua Tchan won its doubles match against Yale's (9-11, 1-4 Ivy League) Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha, 8-5. The players then went their separate ways and won their singles matches, with Pearlman taking the victory at the No. 1 spot over John Huang and Tchan winning at No. 6 over Jordan Abergel, 6-3, 6-2.

Freshman Casey MacMaster saw his personal seven match singles winning streak come to an end with a 7-6, 6-3, loss to Yale's Daniel Hoffman at the No. 3 slot, only the second time the rookie has played at that position this season. Alistair Felton increased his team-leading win total to 21 with a tight, 7-6, 7-6 victory over Blumenkranz at No. 4.

Friday's win over Yale is Harvard's 10th in a row in the series and pushes the Crimson's advantage to 64-26 all-time against the Bulldogs. Friday's dual was the 90th meeting between the two teams. Yale has now lost four straight Ivy League matches this season after opening the schedule with a 5-2 defeat of Penn.

Harvard returns home for its final home match of the season Sunday, taking on Brown at 2 p.m.

No. 65 Harvard 5, Yale 2

No. Singles Score
1 Jonathan Pearlman def. John Huang   6-1, 7-5
2 Marc Powers def. Aba Omodele-Lucien   6-3, 6-3
3 Daniel Hoffman def. Casey MacMaster   7-6, 6-3
4 Alistair Felton def. Erik Blumenkranz   7-6, 7-6
5 Andy Nguyen def. Joel Samaha   6-3, 6-4
6 Joshua Tchan def. Jordan Abergel   6-3, 6-2
  Doubles    
1 Hoffman/Powers def. MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien   9-8
2 Pearlman/Tchan def. Blumenkranz/Samaha   8-5
3 Felton/Nguyen def. Calvin Bennett/Huang   8-3