Harvard split matches against Old Dominion and NJIT on Sunday at Murr Center. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team (2-1) split Sunday matches against Old Dominion (5-0) and NJIT (0-1) today at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. Harvard took on ODU in the finals of the Crimson Kick Off, falling 4-0 despite holding decisive leads in two of the remaining three singles matches.
In doubles play, Harvard's team of captains, Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin picked up their second win of the weekend, defeating Old Dominion's Aziz Kijametovic and Jose Nunez Navarro, 7-6 (7-5).
In singles play, Harvard's Kenny Tao (6-3, 6-5) and Brian Yeung (7-6, 4-3) both led against ODU's Michael Weindl and Jacob Nicolussi when the Monarchs clinched the dual match win. In No. 1 singles, Beltrame lost a tough match to No. 24 Adam Moundir, falling 7-5, 6-3.
In the Sunday evening match against NJIT, Harvard clinched the doubles point by sweeping all three matches, as Brian Yeung and Kenny Tao (6-4), Michael Peters and Andy Zhou (7-6 (7-5)), and Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber (6-2) each earned wins.
In singles play, Jean Thirouin defeated Lukas Zvikas in the No. 1 singles spot in straight sets – 6-3, 6-1. Grant Solomon won in No. 2 singles against Richard Rangga, 6-0, 6-1, while Logan Weber also won in the No. 3 spot over Alexis Petrovic, 6-4, 7-5.
Rounding out the wins in singles matches were Michael Peters (6-2, 6-2) and Samuel Beren (6-1, 6-1).
Harvard will host three teams next weekend at the Murr Center – BYU on Jan. 27, and Tennessee and Bryant on Jan. 28.