Photo of Aba Omodele-Lucien,
courtesy of DSPics.com
ST. HELENA, Calif. - The Harvard men’s tennis team competed against Michigan, Mississippi and California at the Land Rover Napa Valley Classic at the Meadowood Resort. The Crimson won nine matches in the round robin tournament. Four players tallied a pair of wins over the weekend. Juniors Aba Omodele-Lucien and Alexei Chijoff-Evans both won two singles matches. Sophomore Alistair Felton and freshman Andy Nguyen each won a singles match and teamed up to win a doubles match.
Omodele-Lucien won the Crimson’s first match of the weekend by handling Mississippi’s Chris Thiemann, 7-5, 6-2, and followed it up by defeating California’s Bo Katsorov, 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(0) the next day. Chijoff-Evans came up short in a three-set match Friday against Mississippi’s Kalle Norberg, 6-7(4), 6-0, 7-5 but rebounded Saturday and Sunday, winning matches against California’s Riki McLachlan and Mississippi’s Marcel Thiemann.
Felton defeated Michigan’s Charles Cha, 6-4, 6-3, for his first solo win of the season. Nguyen recorded his first singles and doubles wins of his collegiate career. He outlasted California’s Tommy Murphy, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4, and partnered with Felton to edge out Mississippi’s duo of Chris and Marcel Thiemann. The pair of sophomore Davis Mangham and senior Michael Hayes also recorded a doubles victory over California’s Tommie Murphy and Zach Gilbert.