Brian Yeung earned Harvard's third team point of the day with a win at fifth singles (Photo: Dean Bauer).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A fourth straight doubles point and a fourth straight victory was sealed on the Brown tennis courts Friday, as the Harvard men's tennis team moved to 4-1 in the Ivy League with a 4-2 defeat of the Bears. The Crimson remains tied for second with Dartmouth in the Ivy standings with the result.
The guests got off to a bit of a shaky start in doubles action, but managed to right the ship on the first and third courts en route to a fourth consecutive doubles point. Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster were firmly in control through their match on the first court, picking up a break midway through the bout and serving out the final game in an 8-6 victory. Christo Schultz and Sebastian Beltrame battled through a lengthy opening game that eventually went to the Bears, but picked up multiple breaks to secure the doubles point with an 8-4 final.
Alex Steinroeder was efficient at fourth singles, dismantling Daniel Hirschberg, 6-3, 6-1, giving the Crimson a 2-0 lead as the first singles player to finish. Brian Yeung was not far behind on the fifth court, as the freshman wore down Ivan Kravtchenko with a barrage of powerful serves to the tune of a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Junior Shaun Chaudhuri fell in a battle of the baseliners on the third court, 6-4, 6-2, and the rookie Beltrame also lost a straight-set decision, 6-3, 6-4, to Gregory Garcia on the second court. Nguyen would answer the call for the final point of the match at first singles, however, painting the lines with winners throughout the second set in a decisive 6-4, 6-1 win. Sophomore Nicky Hu had just taken the second set and earned a break in the first game of the third when the match was decided and stopped.
Done with its road schedule, the Crimson returns home to face Yale Sunday in a 2 p.m. contest.
1. MacMaster/Nguyen (H) def. Garcia/Hirschberg (B), 8-6
2. Laser/To (B) def. Hu/Yeung (H), 8-5
3. Schultz/Beltrame (H) def. Burke/Spector (B), 8-4
1. Denis Nguyen (H) def. Justin To (B), 6-4, 6-1
2. Gregory Garcia (B) def. Sebastian Beltrame (H), 6-3, 6-4
3. William Spector (B) def. Shaun Chaudhuri (H), 6-4, 6-2
4. Alex Steinroeder (H) def. Daniel Hirschberg (B), 6-3, 6-1
5. Brian Yeung (H) def. Ivan Kravtchenko (B), 6-2, 6-3
6. Nicky Hu (H) vs. Sam Fife (B), 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (DNF)