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Harvard Men's Tennis Seeks Third Straight ECAC Indoor Title

Junior Alistair Felton will try to lead the Crimson to a third straight ECAC title in the absence of the team's two seniors (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard hosts the 2011 ECAC Indoor Men's Tennis Championship at the Murr Center Tennis Courts, Friday-Monday. The Crimson will be looking to make it three straight titles after winning back-to-back trophies in 2009-10.

The ECAC Championship
Harvard will host nine other ECAC member teams including Princeton, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Binghamton, St. John's and Boston College.

Tournament seeding was announced on Monday, with Cornell receiving the top overall seed.  Following a bye, Cornell will face the winner of ninth-seeded Boston College and eighth-seeded Columbia. Princeton received the second seed in the 2011 championship, and will face the winner of No. 7 Dartmouth and No. 10 St. John's. The third seed, Binghamton, will face sixth-seeded Yale, with fourth-seeded Harvard facing No. 5 Brown.

Schedule
Friday
Match 1 - No. 8 Columbia vs. No. 9 Boston College, 9 a.m.
Match 2 - No. 7 Dartmouth vs. No. 10 St. John's, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday
Match 3 - No. 3 Binghamton vs. No. 6 Yale, 8 a.m.
Match 4 - No. 2 Princeton vs. Match 2 Winner, 11:30 a.m.
Match 5 - No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 5 Brown, 3 p.m.
Match 6 - Match 1 Loser vs. Match 2. Loser, 4 p.m. * at Manchester Athletic Club
Match 7 - No. 1 Cornell vs. Match 1 Winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday
Match 8 - Match 3 Loser vs. Match 4 Loser, 8 a.m.
Match 9 - Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner, 11:30 a.m.
Match 10 - Match 5 Winner vs. Match 7 Winner, 3 p.m.
Match 11 - Match 5 Loser vs. Match 7 Loser, 1:30 p.m. * at Manchester Athletic Club 

Monday
Championship Match - Semifinal Winners, 2 p.m.

The 2010 Championship
The 2010 ECAC Indoor Men's Tennis Championship pitted No. 2-seed Harvard against No. 1-seed Columbia.  The Crimson swept the early doubles point with the duo of Aba Omodele-Lucien and Christo Schultz defeating Wong and Nichifor of Columbia, 8-6, Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen beating Columbia's Schneiderman and Gery, 8-6, and the No. 3 doubles pair of Joshua Tchan and Alexei Chijoff-Evans topping the Lions' Deb-Sen and Kung, 8-5. Chijoff-Evans won at the No. 1 singles slot over Wong, and Harvard got three wins at the bottom of the rotation, No. 4-6, to defeat Columbia, 5-2.

Last Time Out
A bevy of Harvard men's tennis players got in on the action Friday as the No. 73 Crimson picked up two victories in a doubleheader against Davidson and Quinnipiac to move to 4-3 on the season. In its first win of the day, Harvard topped the Wildcats (2-4), 5-2, with wins at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 6 spot, as well as sweeping all three doubles matches for the point there. Junior Mac McAnulty and freshman Tunc Kiymaz made their spring singles debuts against Quinnipiac (0-2) and helped Harvard to a 6-1 victory by winning their respective matches.

About Harvard
The Harvard men's tennis team began the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation, but after three losses to top 75 teams the Crimson has fallen out of the top 75 despite sweeping a doubleheader over unranked opponents Davidson and Quinnipiac Friday. The Harvard doubles team of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen began the spring ranked No. 46 and are now 13-7 on the year, including a 2-3 mark in duals.

Up Next
The Crimson takes a week off before going on the road for the first time this spring March 5-6. Harvard will travel to Ball State March 5, and visit No. 12 Louisville March 6.