SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Harvard men's tennis team (9-7) earned a 4-1 dual match win against San Diego State in the USD/SDSU Spring Break Invitational. Harvard clinched the doubles point for the sixth time in the last seven matches and won three of the first four singles matches to pick up its second dual match win of its California trip.
For the second straight match, Harvard's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles pairs carried the day to help the Crimson earn the doubles point. Michael Peters and Jean Thirouin teamed for a 6-1 win over Santieago Cevallos and Sander Gjoeuls-Anderson. Then Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber improved to 11-3 on the year, clinching the first point of the match with a 6-4 win over Rafael Gonzalez Almazan and Joel Popov.
In singles play, wins at No. 2, No. 4, and No. 1 singles gave Harvard the decisive win. Thirouin (No. 2 singles) won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, as did Andy Zhou (No. 4 singles), who won 6-4, 6-1. Kenny Tao clinched the dual match for Harvard with a hard fought win over Marko Goles-Babic, taking the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), then winning the second set, 6-4.
Harvard will take on Drake at 10 a.m. PT in its final dual match of the competition tomorrow (March 18).
Harvard 4, San Diego State 1
March 17, 2017
Aztec Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
1. Marko Goles-Babic/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. #40 Brian Yeung/Kenny Tao (HARV), 6-0
2. Michael Peters/Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Santiago Cevallos/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-1
3. Christopher Morrow/Logan Weber (HARV) def. Rafael Gonzalez Almazan/Joel Popov (SDSU), 6-4
Harvard wins doubles point
1. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 7-6(5), 6-4
2. Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) vs. Brian Yeung (HARV), 7-6(7), 4-2, DNF
4. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Joel Popov (SDSU), 6-4, 6-1
5. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU) vs. Grant Solomon (HARV), 6-4, 2-6, 1-2
6. Rafael Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Christopher Morrow (HARV), 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4, 1*
* - Match-clinching victory