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Men’s Tennis Competes on Both Coasts to Open Fall Slate

Senior captain Nguyen won two matches in the 'A' flight and teamed up with freshman Mahlagu to win two doubles matches at the USTA Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team participated in the 2012 USTA Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., and the Audi Napa Valley Classic in Napa Valley, Calif., to kick off the fall portion of the 2012-13 schedule.

Freshman Kelvin Lam won all of his matches to take the 'C' flight, including an upset over the top-seed, St. John senior Mike Lampa, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2, to pace Harvard in singles competition. Freshman Nicky Hu earned victories his first two matches in the 'C' draw, before falling to Lampa in the semi-finals.

Senior captain Andy Nguyen suffered an opening-match loss to Yale senior John Huang, who ultimately won the 'A' flight. Nguyen won his final two, including a victory over Dartmouth junior Cameron Ghorbani, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8. Freshman Nicholas Mahlangu also prevailed over Ghorbani in a close match, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8. Sophomore Henry Steer rebounded from two early losses and dominated Sacred Heart freshman James Barnhart, 6-0, 6-1, in the second placement draw of the 'E' flight.

In doubles, Nguyen and Mahlangu defeated Fordham juniors Mischa Koran and Emilio Moran, 8-1, while Hu and Lam secured an 8-3 victory over Sacred Heart senior Mike Provenzano and sophomore Justin Pagan.

Playing in his home state, sophomore Shaun Chaudhuri won his first set, 6-3, to jump out to early advantage against junior USTA player Robbie Bellamy on day one of the Napa Valley Classic. Bellamy responded with a 7-5 victory in the second set to set up the third frame, which he won, 6-4.

Junior captain Casey MacMaster also pushed his match to three sets, rallying to a 6-3 victory in the second frame after dropping the first, 6-4, to Illinois freshman Brian Page. Page earned match point on a tiebreaker to take the third set, 7-6, and the match.

Nguyen, Chaudhuri and sophomore Alex Steinroeder went the distance on day three, but were unable to secure victories. Steinroeder and Chaudhuri lost their first and second sets, respectively, on tiebreak points.

Chaudhuri and sophomore Steinroeder teamed up in doubles. The duo fell to junior players Joseph DiGuillo and Jack Murray, 9-7, in a close match Friday and Page and Stanford junior Daniel Ho, 8-4, Saturday.

Georgia sophomore Nathan Pasha defeated Texas sophomore Soren Hess Olsen in the PlayBrave Shootout Final, 16-14, to win the tournament.

Harvard next competes in the ITA Northeast Regionals in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 19-23.

USTA College Invitational Results:

A- Men's Open Singles

(4) John Huang d. Nicholas Mahlangu, 6-1, 6-4
Nicholas Mahlangu d. Cameron Ghorbani, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
Zack McCourt d. Nicholas Mahlangu, 6-2, 6-0
(4) John Huang d. Andy Nguyen, 6-2, 6-3
Andy Nguyen d. Arturs Kasijevs, 0-6, 6-4, 10-7
Andy Nguyen d. Cameron Ghorbani, 6-1, 6-1

B- Men's Open Singles

Augie Bloom d. (1) Henry Steer, 4-6, 7-5, 10-1
Kyle Dawson d. (1) Henry Steer, 6-3, 6-4
(1) Henry Steer d. James Barnhart, 6-0, 6-1

C- Men's Open Singles

(3) Kelvin Lam d. (1) Mike Lampa, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2
(3) Kelvin Lam d. (2) Danielle Richardson, 6-3, 6-1
(3) Kelvin Lam d. Erik Nordahl, 7-6(1), 6-3
(3) Kelvin Lam d. Andres Rosa, 6-0, 6-2
(1) Mike Lampa d. Nicky Hu, 6-2, 7-6(2)
Nicky Hu d. (4) Bert Vancura, 6-3, 6-1
Nicky Hu d. Justin Pagan, 6-0, 6-1

E- Men's Open Singles

Benjamin Quazzo d. (4) Brendan Seaver, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8
Marko Knezevic d. (4) Brendan Seaver, 6-4, 6-3
(4) Brendan Seaver d. Juan Pardo, walkover (inj.)

1- Men's Open Doubles

Amyot/Tesmond d. (3) Mahlangu/Nguyen, 8-2
(3) Mahlangu/Nguyen d. Nagelstad/Reznek, 8-5
(3) Mahlangu/Nguyen d. Koran/Mora, 8-1

2- Men's Open Doubles

Faierman/Hoffman d. (3) Hu/Lam, 8-6
Solomon/Zlobinsky d. (3) Hu/Lam, 8-2
(3) Hu/Lam d. Pagan/Provenzano, 8-3

3- Men's Open Doubles

Bishop/Klassen d. (3) Seaver/Steer, 8-5
(3) Seaver/Steer d. Coutinho/Valdiviezo, 8-2
(3) Seaver/Steer d. Shutov/Sienko, withdraw (inj.)

Napa Valley Classic Results:

Friday's singles results

Sudawa Sitaram (Texas) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard), 6-1, 6-1
Soren Hess Olesen (Texas) def. Denis Nguyen (Harvard), 6-3, 7-5
Robbie Bellamy (USTA) def. Shaun Chaudhuri (Harvard), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4*     
Brian Page (Illinois) def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6)        

Friday's doubles results

DiGuilio-Murray (USTA) def. Chaudhuri-Steinroeder (Harvard), 9-7*

DAY 2: Saturday's Singles Scores

Tim Kopinski (Illinois) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard), 6-1, 6-2                 
Stephen Hoh (Illinois) def. Shaun Chaudhuri (Harvard), 6-1, 6-2                 
Jack Murray (USTA), def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard), 6-3, 6-0                  
Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. Denis Nguyen (Harvard), 7-5, 6-3                                                

Saturday's Doubles Scores

Ho-Page (Illinois) def. Chaudhuri-Steinroeder (Harvard), 8-4

Sunday's Singles Scores

Deiton Baughman (USTA) def. Denis Nguyen (Harvard), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3*                 
Ben Wagland (Georgia) def. Shaun Chaudhuri (Harvard), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Joseph DiGiulio (USTA) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5*
Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard), walkover (inj.)

*Match does not count towards individual record