Beltrame Wins All-Harvard Final at Napa Valley Tennis Classic

Beltrame Wins All-Harvard Final at Napa Valley Tennis Classic

ST HELENA, Calif. – Harvard men's tennis went 10-2 in singles play at the Porsche Napa Valley Classic over the weekend, competing against some of the best teams in the country including Stanford, Cal, UNC, Tulsa and Texas.  

"This tournament was a great shot in the arm for our players," said Dave Fish, The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis. "They showed their ability to compete on a national level and it was fun to watch their confidence grow with each match. Hats off to Peter Wright of Cal-Berkeley and the USTA for partnering to bring together such a great collection of American collegians and USTA national team players."  

Both sophomore Sebastian Beltrame and junior Nicky Hu won their respective round robin flights by going 3-0 in singles play and earned spots in the Solinco Wild Card Shoot Out.  Senior Denis Nguyen went 2-1 in one of the top singles flight and freshman Kenny Tao also finished 2-1 with wins over Stanford and the USTA Junior National Team. 

In the Wild Card Shoot Out, Beltrame defeated Hu 10-4 in the finals after defeating No. 54 Maciek Romanowicz of Stanford (day three) and upsetting No. 5 Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas in the semifinals. By virtue of his title, Beltrame earned a Wild Card into an upcoming USTA Pro Challenger.  

Beltrame also won the Minor Sportsmanship Award. 

The Crimson will be back in action Oct. 2-5 for the ITA All-American Championship at Tulsa.

2014 Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic

RESULTS DAY ONE - Friday, September 19, 2014
Tao (Harvard) defeats Sah (USTA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Nugyen (Harvard) defeats Glasspool (Texas), 6-7(8), 5-2 ret. inj.
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Goransson (Cal), 6-4, 6-1
Hu (Harvard) defeats McCloskey (Tulsa), 7-5, 6-2
Beltrame-Nguyen (Harvard) defeat Boyd-Duncan (USTA), 8-5
Hu/Tao (Harvard) defeat Begevi-Griffith (Cal), 8-6 

DAY TWO - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Ram-Harel (Tulsa) defeats Tao (Harvard), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
Nguyen (Harvard) defeats Duncan (USTA), 6-2, 6-3
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Boyd (USTA), 6-1, 7-5
Hu (Harvard) defeats Brumm (USTA), 6-2, 6-4
Bayane-Goransson (Cal) defeat Beltrame-Nguyen (Harvard), 8-7(5)
Morrissey-Romanowicz (Stanford) defeat Hu-Tao (Harvard), 8-5

DAY THREE - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bergevi (Cal) defeats Nguyen (Harvard), 7-5, 7-6(3)
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Maciek Romanowicz (Stanford), 6-1, 7-6(8)
Hu (Harvard) defeats Bayane (Cal), 6-2, 6-4

FI

Tao (Harvard) defeats Tsodikov (Stanford), 6-4, 7-5

2014 SOLINCO WILD CARD SHOOT OUT (for Round Robin Group Winners)

Quarterfinals
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Griffith (Cal), 10-8
Hu (Harvard) defeats Clark (UNC), 10-1

2014 SOLINCO WILD CARD SHOOT OUT (for Round Robin Group Winners)

Semifinals
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Hess-Olesen (Texas), 13-11
Hu (Harvard) defeats Ram-Harel (Tulsa), 10-2

Finals
Beltrame (Harvard) defeats Hu (Harvard), 10-4