Senior Alexei Chijoff-Evans earned his first win of the season Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Anchored by a sweep in doubles and four singles wins, the Harvard men's tennis team earned its first dual match victory of the spring Saturday with a 5-2 defeat of Purdue at the Murr Center Tennis Courts
Playing its second dual match in as many days against a Big Ten Conference team, the Crimson rebounded from a tough 6-1 loss Friday against Northwestern to even its record at 1-1 with the win.
Harvard flexed its muscles in the doubles to take an early 1-0 lead in the match, earning wins from the duos of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen, Casey MacMaster and Jonathan Pearlman, and Aba Omodele-Lucien and Joshua Tchan, by scores of 8-3, 8-4, and 8-5, respectively.
Pearlman rebounded from a loss Friday at the No. 1 singles slot, defeating the Boilermakers' Krisztian Krocsko, 6-3, 6-2. Senior Alexei Chijoff-Evans earned his first win of the year by topping Purdue's Eric Ramos, 6-1, 7-5.
The Crimson will continue its season-opening home stand of seven dual matches and two tournaments at 5 p.m. Friday by hosting a third consecutive Big Ten opponent when Indiana visits the Murr Center Tennis Courts.
Harvard 5, Purdue 2