Brian Yeung won in singles and doubles Saturday against the Quakers (Photo: Dean Bauer)
HANOVER, N.H. – In its first match as the top-seeded team in the ECAC Team Championships, the Harvard men's tennis team made a statement to the rest of the field, topping Penn, 4-1, Saturday at Dartmouth. The Crimson improves to 3-2 in dual matches on the year with the win.
The freshman doubles tandem of Brian Yeung and Sebastian Beltrame, playing on the second court, kicked off the competition with a clean 6-2 win, followed quickly by a 6-1 victory on the first court from Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, giving the Crimson a 1-0 lead. Singles matches on courts two and four finished nearly at the same time, with one going the way of the Crimson and one the way of the Quakers. Alex Steinroeder, Harvard's No. 4, got handed a 6-1, 6-4 defeat from Matt Nardella, but just a minute later, Yeung shot the Crimson back in front with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vim DeAlwis at number two.
Fellow rookie Beltrame kept up his strong singles play, disposing of Jeremy Court, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 to put the Crimson within one at 3-1. Once again, it was freshman Andrew Ball who delivered the final blow, finishing up a 6-1, 6-5 (4) win over Marshall Sharp on the fifth court, sealing the 4-1 win for Harvard.
The Crimson next takes on fourth-seeded Cornell with a berth to the championship match on the line. The match between the Crimson and Big Red will begin tomorrow at 5 p.m.