Sophomore Joshua Tchan helped win the doubles point Friday and went down to the wire in his singles match (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It all came down to the most unlikely of matches Friday, the No. 6 singles spot. With the dual tied at three points apiece and the match knotted up at one set each, No. 49 Cornell's Evan McElwain pulled away for a 6-3 set, match and dual win to down No. 70 Harvard, 4-3, in both team's Ivy League opener.
It was the duo of Tchan and Jonathan Pearlman that clinched the doubles point for the Crimson (11-8, 0-1 Ivy League) earlier in the match with an 8-6 victory over the Big Red's team of Mirza Klis and McElwan. Harvard took the 1-0 lead into singles play and earned victories from Alistair Felton at No. 3 and Casey MacMaster at No. 5, while Cornell (18-4, 1-0 Ivy League) took the No. 1, 2 and 4 spot before the showdown at No. 6.
Tchan actually trailed in the first set against McElwain, 3-0, but roared back to win two straight games, then push the score to 4-3 before finally falling, 7-5. Tchan then evened the match at one set-all with a 6-4 second set victory. The two traded games back and forth in the final set to tie it at 2-2 and 3-3 before McElwain finally pulled away.
Harvard will take on two-time defending Ivy League champion Columbia at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.
No. 49 Cornell 4, No. 70 Harvard 3
|1||Jonathan Jaklitsch def. Jonathan Pearlman||7-6(2), 6-0|
|2||Andy Gauthier def. Aba Omodele-Lucien||6-3, 6-2|
|3||Alistair Felton def. Mirza Klis||2-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|4||Jeremy Feldman def. Andy Nguyen||6-4, 4-6, 6-2|
|5||Casey MacMaster def. Evan Bernstein||6-4, 6-4|
|6||Evan McElwain def. Joshua Tchan||7-5, 4-6, 6-3|
|1||MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien def. Gauthier/Feldman||8-5|
|2||Bernstein/Jaklitsch def. Felton/Nguyen||8-4|
|3||Pearlman/Tchan def. Klis/McElwain||8-6|