Freshmen Nguyen (left) and Steinroeder starred in the singles A flight main event on Sunday as Steinroeder took the singles crown in two sets. (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications)
A Flight Singles
B Flight Singles
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Members of the Harvard men's tennis team rolled through the competition at the Halloween Invitational hosted at the Murr Center this weekend. Freshman Alex Steinroeder, had the most impressive performances in the tournament, as he defeated teammate Denis Nguyen in the singles A flight championship and was a member of the doubles tournament runner-up.
Steinroeder took the tournament by storm, beating Amherst's Wes Waterman in opening round and defeating teammates Alistair Felton and Henry Steer in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds respectively. That set the stage for the championship showdown between Nguyen and the Concord, Mass., native. Steinroeder jumped out to an early lead against Nguyen taking the first set 6-2. In the second frame the freshmen put on a show trading points, but Steinroeder was able to put the set away prevailing 7-6 and taking the singles title.
Harvard was also represented in the doubles championship as the duo of freshman Henry Steer and Steinroeder defeated Army's Alex and Donald Van Velzer and teammate's sophomore Casey MacMaster and Nguyen to advance to the finals. Harvard trailed the Dartmouth duo by a point through much of the match but Kelly and Jacobs were able to pull away and defeat Steer and Steinroeder 9-7.
Harvard's youth was on full display in the tournament as four freshmen made it to the single A flight semifinals setting up an all-Harvard final four as freshmen Henry Steer, Steinroeder, Shaun Chadhuri and Nguyen all made it to the semifinal round. Harvard had a combined 11-3 record amongst those four participants.
Harvard will take to the court one last time before the end of its fall season competing in the William & Mary Invitational Nov.4-6.