Harvard's men's tennis team earned the right to be called Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic Champions after defating UC Irvine, the San Diego State University and No. 16 University of San Diego. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – In what was all told, nearly 10 hours of tennis, the No. 26 Harvard men's tennis team proved victorious in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic, first defeating San Diego State University, 4-3 in the morning and upsetting No. 16, University of San Diego 4-2 on Friday night. In the championship match, it was freshman Alex Steinroeder's victory that was the deciding point out of the No. 5 spot to help the Crimson to improve to 13-1 this season.
In order to shorten the tournament time due to weather concerns, singles competition was played first and if the two squads remained tied at 3-3, doubles action would be the deciding factor. The Crimson freshmen proved stellar once again as it got wins out of the No. 4 through No.6 positions. Shaun Chaudhuri downed Thibaut Visy, 6-3, 6-4, while Henry Steer took down Andrew Carlisle, 6-0, 6-0 from the No. 6 spot and Steinroeder clinched the match from the No. 5 position against Ciaran Fitzgerald, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. Sophomore Christo Schultz continued his winning ways as well as he defeated Clark Spinosa, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. The Crimson prevailed against the Toreros, 4-2.
Jon Pearlman was considered an "iron man" for the Crimson as he competed in seven and a half hours of tennis between singles and doubles play between the two matches. Against the University of San Diego, Pearlman lost a tough bout against Patrick Pohlmann in the No. 1 position while freshman Denis Nguyen fell to Nikola Bubnic in the No. 2 spot.
Harvard concluded its California road swing and will now head home for a home match on March 21 against Boston College. Match is slated for 6 p.m.