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Harvard Men’s Tennis Rides Four Singles Victories to Win ECAC Championship

The Harvard men's tennis team went through three Ivy League opponents on the way to the ECAC Team Championship this weekend. (ECAC Athletics)

HANOVER, N.H.- The Harvard men's tennis team recorded four singles victories on its way to the ECAC Team Championship, defeating the No. 6 seeded Brown Bears, 4-1. The No. 1 seeded Crimson improved to 10-1 on the year as it took down Ivy League rivals Yale, Dartmouth and Brown on the way to the tournament title.

The Bears got an early lift from their doubles teams, scoring the match's first point as they went 2-1 in doubles play. Sophomore Casey MacMaster and senior Alistair Felton defeated Soufiane Azargui and Brandon Burke, 8-6, but the teams of junior Andy Nguyen and freshman Denis Nguyen and sophomore Christo Schultz and freshman Alex Steinroeder fell to Brown duos of Tom Deighton and Michael Riechmann and Sam Fife and William Spector, respectively.

Harvard entered singles play, needing four singles points to secure the win and got just that. Jonathan Pearlman took down Burke in the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-3. Meanwhile Harvard got production from its No. 4 through No. 6 positions yet again, as Schultz defeated Spector, 6-3, 6-1, from the No. 4 position, freshman Henry Steer defeated Mike Hill, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 5 spot and freshman Shaun Chaudhuri held down the No. 6 position taking the match against Fife, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Harvard had a successful weekend throughout the tournament as it went 2-1 during doubles action and 10-3 in singles play.

The next time the Crimson will be back in action will be in several weeks when it travels to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the San Diego Tournament, scheduled for March 10-18.