Denis Nguyen notched a straight-set victory at first singles Saturday vs. Cornell (Photo: Dean Bauer)
HANOVER, N.H. - The Harvard men's tennis team was nearly flawless Saturday, capturing its second doubles point in as many matches and racking up three quick singles win in a 4-0 shutout of fourth-seeded Cornell at the ECAC Team Championships. The Crimson moves to 4-2 on the season in duals, having won its last four contests.
It was the top two doubles teams that got the job done for the Crimson Saturday. The second tandem of Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung was first to finish, polishing off a 6-3 win over Quoc-Daniel Nguyen and Jason Luu, and Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster followed close behind with a 6-3 win of their own over Sam Fleck and Chris Vrabel on the first court. Christo Schultz and Connor Haughey, Harvard's third team, suffered a hard-fought 6-4 loss on the third court.
Harvard's top singles player Denis Nguyen made short work of Cornell's Stefan Vinti, powering to a 6-1, 6-3 final, pushing the match score to 2-0. From there, the freshmen once again took over with Sebastian Beltrame gathering a 6-2, 6-5 (3) win over Jason Luu at fourth singles. The clincher came courtesy of classmate Andrew Ball, who finished off a second-set tiebreaker in a 6-2, 6-5 (5) victory against Vrabel at fifth singles. It marked the third time in Harvard's four victories that Ball had delivered the match-clinching point.
Sunday's final will pit the top two seeds against each other, with Harvard taking on No. 2 seed Columbia in a 2 p.m. contest.