Senior Alistair Felton helped Harvard wrap up its non-conference slate with a 5-2 win over St. John's. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 20 Harvard men's tennis team (16-1) took down No. 58 St. John's on Sunday, as it defeated the Red Storm, 5-2. Harvard swept double competition while going 4-2 in singles play.
All three Crimson doubles pairings recorded wins in the match as senior Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster topped Milo Hauk and Ilija Vucic 8-1. Senior Jon Pearlman and sophomore Christo Schultz took down Vasko Mladenov and Stefan Bojic, 8-5. Team "Nguyen", made up of junior Andy Nguyen and freshman Denis Nguyen, completed the doubles sweep after they defeated Matty Najfeld and Valentin Mihal 8-5, to take the doubles point.
In singles action Harvard got production from the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Denis Nguyen defeated Hauk 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 2 position, while freshman Shaun Chaudhuri continued his winning ways, as he upended Bojic, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, in the No. 4 spot. Freshman Alex Steinroeder downed Kurt Anbarci from the No. 5 position, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 and freshman Henry Steer pitched in with a win over Mike Lampa in the No. 6 spot, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. In the No. 1 position Pearlman was edged in a heated battle with Mladenov falling, 6-0, 6-7, 7-5. In the No. 3 spot, Schultz came up short against Vucic by the score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Harvard will begin conference play next weekend when it travels to Ithaca and New York City, when it takes on Cornell and Columbia on Saturday, Sunday. Both matches are slated for 2 p.m.