Junior Jonathan Pearlman won his match at the top singles slot for the Crimson Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Saturday the close result went the Crimson's way, as the fourth-seeded Harvard men's tennis team edged No. 5 Brown, 4-3, to extend its win streak to four and advance to the ECAC Indoor Championship semifinals.
The Crimson swept all three doubles matches to open the dual with a 1-0 lead. The duos of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen and Casey MacMaster and Jonathan Pearlman each went to a tiebreaker, but came out on top, 9-8.
Harvard received the three singles victories it needed with wins from Pearlman at No. 1, Nguyen at No. 4 and MacMaster at No. 6.
The Crimson will face top-seeded Cornell at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Big Red topped No. 8 Columbia, 6-1, Saturday night. The other semifinal will be at 11:30 a.m. between No. 2 Princeton and No. 3 Binghamton.
Harvard 4, Brown 3
|1||Jonathan Pearlman def. Brandon Burke||6-3, 6-2|
|2||Mike Hill def. Alistair Felton||7-6(8), 6-1|
|3||Sam Fife def. Aba Omodele-Lucien||6-3, 6-4|
|4||Andy Nguyen def. Tom Deighton||6-3, 5-7, 6-2|
|5||Kendrick Au def. Joshua Tchan||6-1, 6-3|
|6||Casey MacMaster def. Timmy Klanke||7-6(5), 6-2|
|1||Felton/Nguyen def. Soufiane Azargui/Burke||9-8 (7-3)|
|2||MacMaster/Pearlman def. Au/Deighton||9-8 (7-4)|
|3||Omodele-Lucien/Tchan def. Fife/Charlie Posner||8-6|