Men's Tennis Posts Strong Showing at Season-Opening Invitational

Mac McAnulty (above) played into the semifinals of his singles flight at the Northeast Invitational (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien went 4-0 to win his singles flight and two Crimson doubles pairs made the finals of their flights as the Harvard men's tennis team opened its fall season at the Northeastern Invitational in Flushing, N.Y.

Omodele-Lucien won his final matchup against Dan Richardson of Princeton in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. He went through three other Ivy League players, Coleman Crutchfield of Princeton, Nate Gery of Columbia and Tim Klanke of Brown, on his way to winning the flight.

Sophomore Joshua Tchan and Omodele-Lucien paired up in the first doubles flight and made it all the way to the finals before bowing out to Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers of Yale, 8-3. Juniors Davis Mangham and Jonathan Pearlman also made the finals of their doubles flight, going 3-0 before being forced to withdraw from the final match due to knee problems for Mangham, which handed Cameron Ghorbani and Curtis Roby of Dartmouth the default win.

"It was the perfect level of competition for us," said Dave Fish, The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis. "We were playing against players who had played more tournaments than us, (but) we got out of the weekend what we wanted to get."

Mac McAnulty made the semifinals of his singles flight with an injury retirement win over Army's Tripp Johnson in the first round and a 6-0, 6-2, win over CJ Griffin of Pennsylvania. Mcanulty fell in the semis to Lehigh's Troy List in three sets, 6-2, 3-6 and 8-10.

Sophomore Andy Nguyen went 2-1 in his singles flight, defeating Joris Vanek of Marist, 6-3, 6-2, in the first round before falling into the consolation bracket with a, 6-3, 6-4, loss to Alex Faust of Princeton. He would recover with a three-set, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4, victory over Columbia's Kevin Kung.

"We played some good tennis and made one more step along the road," said Fish. "We're trying to work on our game now instead of later when dual season starts."

The Crimson will resume its fall schedule at home Friday, Oct. 1, as it hosts the 2010 Chowder Fest at the Beren Tennis Center.