Henry Steer helped Harvard record its fifth Ivy League win on Sunday as he recorded a singles victory that gave Harvard a 4-3 advantage over Brown. (Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 24 Harvard men's tennis team continued its quest for its 29th Ivy League championship on Sunday, as the team edged Brown, 4-3. The Crimson lost the doubles point but rebounded with four singles victories to improve to 21-2 and 5-1 in Ancient Eight Play.
While the team of Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster were able to get Harvard on the board with a victory in doubles play, it would be Brown that would take the advantage. Burke and Deighton downed Christo Schultz and Jon Pearlman, 9-8 (6), while Spector and Fife defeated Denis Nguyen and Andy Nguyen, 8-6.
Entering singles play down 1-0 to the Bears, Harvard turned to its singles players to carry the day. Harvard received wins from Pearlman, Schultz, Shaun Chaudhuri and Henry Steer during competition. Pearlman defeated Soufian Azargui, 6-2, 6-2 while Schultz earned a hard fought victory against Williams Spector, 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-1. Chaudhuri continued his strong freshman campaign, tallying a win against Sam Fife, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Steer clinched the match for the Crimson with his victory over Daniel Hirschberg, 6-3, 6-4.
The win inches Harvard closer to clinching the Ivy League title as the Crimson sit in first place but Columbia (5-2) and Dartmouth (4-2) are both still in contention.
Harvard's final match of the regular season will take place at the Beren Tennis Center on April 28 when the team hosts the Big Green. The match is slated for 2 p.m.
Felton/MacMaster DEF Azargui/Burke, 8-3
Deighton/Riechmann DEF Schultz/Pearlman, 9-8 (6)
Spector/Fife DEF Nguyen/Nguyen 8-6
Pearlman DEF Azargui, 6-2, 6-2
Burke DEF Denis Ngyen, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Schultz DEF Spector 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-1
Chaudhuri DEF Fife, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Riechmann DEF Steinroeder, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
Steer DEF Hirschberg, 6-3, 6-4