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Men's Tennis Competes at Texas A&M Challenge

Yeung earned a win in the first round of singles (Photo Courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communications).

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Harvard men's tennis team had a strong showing against a competitive field at the Texas A&M Challenge this weekend.  The Crimson faced Illinois and the host Texas A&M in the tri-school conference challenge.

The Crimson tandem of junior Denis Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster highlighted the Crimson's performance in doubles action. The duo kicked off the tournament with an upset over the 12th-ranked pair Shane Vinsant and Harrison Adams of Texas A&M. Ranked tied for 20th in the ITA's preseason doubles poll, Nguyen and MacMaster registered an 8-6 victory in the tiebreaker to secure an 8-7 win.

The Harvard pair absorbed its only loss of the weekend in its next match, as it fell to the third-ranked tandem of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow from Texas A&M, 8-5, but Nguyen and MacMaster rebounded when they defeated Illinois' 10th-ranked tandem of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski, 8-7, for their second upset of the weekend.

Alex Steinroeder and Kelvin Lam defeated Texas A&M's Behzad Miniavi and Tito Moreiras, 8-6, to open up competition before falling to the Aggie's Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo, 8-1.

Sebastian Beltrame and Andrew Ball recorded the Crimson's lone victory in the second round when they downed Illinois' Brian Page and Julian Childers, 8-5. The duo picked up another win over Minavi and Moreiras of Texas A&M, 8-3.

Freshman Brian Yeung and sophomore Nicky Hu rounded out the Crimson's doubles victories when they captured a win over 12th-ranked Vinsant and Adams of Texas A&M.

In singles play, Harvard went 6-9 on the weekend. In first round action, Ball and Yeung each picked up wins over Frankie Colunga of Texas A&M (6-4, 7-6) and Blake Bazarnik from Illinois (2-6, 7-6, 6-3), respectively.

The second round of singles play saw the Crimson face a number of ranked opponents. Nguyen worked past No. 17 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, while Beltrame handed No. 56 Vinsant of Texas A&M a loss (6-3, 3-6, 6-3). Lam and Conor Haughey also earned a tally in the win column over competition from Texas A&M. Lam downed Minavi (2-6, 6-0, 6-2) and Haughey notched a win over Max Montague (7-5, 6-2).

The Crimson continues its fall slate this weekend as the squad travels to New Haven, Conn., to compete at the ITA Northeast Regionals.

FINAL RESULTS

FIRST ROUND (DOUBLES) 10/11
No. 3 Ore/Withrow, A&M def. No. 10 Guignon/Kopinski, Ill. 8-7 (7)
No. 20 Nguyen/MacMasters, HU def. No. 12 Vinsant/Adams, A&M 8-7 (6)
Szabo/Efferding, A&M def. No. 56 Hiltzik/Jesse, Ill. 8-7 (10)
Steinroeder/Lam, HU def. Minavi/Moreiras, A&M 8-6
Gosea/Bazarnik, Ill. def. Yeung/Hu, HU 8-2
Page/Childers, Ill. def. Beltrame/Haughey, HU 8-4

SECOND ROUND (DOUBLES) 10/11
No. 3 Ore/Withrow, A&M def. No. 20 Nguyen/MacMasters, HU 8-5
No. 12 Vinsant/Adams, A&M def. Gosea/Bazarnik, Ill. 8-5
Efferding/Szabo, A&M def. Steinroeder/Lam, HU 8-1
No. 56 Hiltzik/Jesse, Ill. def. Colunga/Montague, A&M 8-7 (4)
No. 10 Guignon/Kopinski, Ill. def. Yeung/Hu, HU 8-5
Beltrame/Ball, HU def. Page/Childers, Ill. 8-6

THIRD ROUND (DOUBLES) 10/12
S1: No. 20 Nguyen/MacMasters, HU def. No. 10 Guignon/Kopinski, Ill. 8-7 (4)
S2: Beltrame/Ball, HU def. Minavi/Moreiras, A&M 8-3
S3: Yeung/Hu, HU def. No. 12 Adams/Vinsant, A&M 8-7 (2)
S4: No. 56 Hiltzik/Jesse, Ill.def. No. 3 Ore/Withrow, A&M 8-7 (7)
S5: Page/Childers, Ill. def. Steinroeder/Lam, HU 8-5
S6: Gosea/Bazarnik, Ill. def. Efferding/Szabo, A&M 8-5

FIRST ROUND (SINGLES) 10/11
No. 17 Jared Hiltzik, Ill. def. No. 67 Harrison Adams, A&M 6-0, ret.
Jordan Szabo, A&M def. Julian Childers, Ill. 6-0, 6-1
Alex Jesse, Ill. def. Conor Haughey, HU 6-0, 6-2
No. 56 Shane Vinsant, A&M def. Nicky Hu, HU 6-2, 6-4
Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Brian Page, Ill. 6-3, 6-3
Behzad Minavi, A&M def. Alex Steinroeder, HU 6-7 (0), 6-3, 1-0
Farris Gosea, Ill. def. No. 78 Junior Ore, A&M 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
Andrew Ball, HU def. Frankie Colunga, A&M 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Brian Yeung, HU def. Blake Bazarnik, Ill. 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 11 Jeremy Efferding, A&M def. Denis Nguyen, HU 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 121 Tim Kopinski, Ill. def. Sebastian Beltrame, HU 4-6, 6-2, 4-3 ret.
Ross Guignon, Ill. def. Kelvin Lam, HU 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

SECOND ROUND (SINGLES) 10/12
S1: Denis Nguyen, HU def. No. 17 Jared Hiltzik, Ill. 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
S2: No. 11 Jeremy Efferding, A&M def. No. 121 Tim Kopinski, Ill. 6-0, 6-3
S3: Farris Gosea, Ill. def. Nicky Hu, HU 6-1, 6-1
S4: No. 78 Junior Ore, A&M def. Blake Bazarnik, Ill. 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
S5: Alex Jesse, Ill. def. Andrew Ball, HU 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
S6: Ross Guignon, Ill. def. Jordan Szabo, A&M 6-1, 6-4
G1: Sebastian Beltrame, HU def. No. 56 Shane Vinsant, A&M 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
G2: Frankie Colunga, A&M def. Brian Page, Ill. 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
G3: Jackson Withrow, A&M def. Brian Yeung, HU 6-1, 6-2
G4: Tito Moreiras, A&M def. Julian Childers, Ill. 6-2, 6-0
G5: Kelvin Lam, HU def. Behzad Minavi, A&M 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
G6: Conor Haughey, HU def. Max Montague, A&M 7-5, 6-2