Five Singles Wins Drive Harvard Men's Tennis Over UAB

Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien picked up one of Harvard's five singles victories Friday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO – A day after getting swept in the top five singles matches, the Harvard men's tennis team pulled the same feat, picking up wins at No. 1 through No. 5, as well as the doubles point, to defeat Alabama-Birmingham, 6-1, Friday in the consolation bracket of the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic.

After picking up the doubles point for the third straight match with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 slot, the Crimson's (8-7) momentum continued into singles with Jonathan Pearlman winning at No. 1, Alistair Felton winning at No. 2, Aba Omodele-Lucien taking the victory at No. 3, Andy Nguyen topping his opponent at No. 4 and Casey MacMaster wrapping things up at the No. 5 slot.

Chris Helliar earned the Blazers' (3-7) lone win in singles with a two-set victory over Joshua Tchan at No. 6, who was Harvard's lone singles victor Thursday.

The Crimson will take on the winner of the Denver-Princeton matchup in the consolation championship Saturday.

Harvard 6, UAB 1

No. Singles Score
1 Jonathan Pearlman def. David Zimmerman 6-4, 6-0
2 Alistair Felton def. Lucas Dirube 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
3 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Danny Manlow 6-1, 7-5
4 Andy Nguyen def. Tom Puetz 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
5 Casey MacMaster def. Daniel Moser 6-5, 6-1
6 Chris Helliar def. Joshua Tchan 6-1, 6-3
1 Puetz/Zimmerman def. MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien 9-7
2 Pearlman/Tchan def. Helliar/Manlow 8-6
3 Felton/Nguyen def. Dirube/Moser 8-2