Chaudhuri won his match in the No. 6 position to help Harvard defeat Yale 4-1 at the first round of the ECAC Team championships (Gil Talbot)
HANHOVER, N.H.- The Harvard men's tennis team defeated Yale in the opening round of the ECAC Team championships, hosted by Dartmouth on Friday evening. The No. 1 seeded Crimson downed the No. 8 seeded Bulldogs, 4-1.
Harvard took the doubles point early on as the Crimson won two out of three matches. Denis and Andy Nguyen took down Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha 9-8, while Christo Schultz and Alex Steinroeder downed the team of John Huang, Patrick Chase, 8-6.
In singles play the Crimson got inspired play from its No.4 through No.6 players as Schultz, freshman Henry Steer and freshman Shaun Chaudhuri all won their matches. Schultz defeated Blumenkranz, 6-2, 6-1, out of the No. 4 spot, meanwhile in the No. 5 position, Steer took down Samaha 6-1, 7-5. Chaudhuri, who hasn't lost during singles play in dual matches this season (6-0), defeated Kyle Dawson, 8-6. In the other completed singles match, Harvard's Steinroeder fell to Daniel Hoffman, 6-1, 6-4. The No. 1 and No. 2 position matches didn't finish and with the three wins in singles action Harvard dispatched the Bulldogs 4-1.
The Crimson will be back in action tomorrow night at 6 p.m. when it takes on No. 6 seeded Dartmouth.