Denis Nguyen was one of two Harvard singles players to qualify for the tournament quarterfinals (Harvard Athletic Communications).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a weekend of heavy tennis action on the campus of Yale, the Harvard men's tennis wrapped up its stay at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional early this week. Eight Harvard singles players combined for 17 wins over the weekend, while two of the Crimson's three doubles pairs advanced to the quarterfinals.
Both rookies and veterans found success in the singles draw, as six Harvard players posted winning records through Sunday. Junior Denis Nguyen, the No. 2-seed in the tournament, breezed into the quarterfinals with a trio of straight-set victories following a first-round bye. Nguyen took down opponents from Dartmouth, Penn and NJIT during his run. The junior went on to take down a Dartmouth opponent in the quarters and bested Columbia's Max Schnur in the semifinal, 6-3, 6-3. With a trip to the ITA National Indoor Championships on the line, Nguyen grabbed the first set against Columbia's Winston Lin, but couldn't hold on in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 defeat.
The fourth section of the eight-part singles bracket was dominated by Crimson newcomers and first-year Andrew Ball strung together four solid victories to power into the quarterfinals. A qualifier for the tournament, Ball downed his first-round St. John's opponent in straight sets, and picked up wins over players from Penn and Dartmouth for his second and third wins, respectively. A familiar face greeted him in his fourth match, as classmate and teammate Sebastian Beltrame, who gathered wins over foes from Penn, Brown and Columbia, earned his way into the fourth round of the bracket. Ball was triumphant in the battle of the rookies, advancing to the quarters with a 6-1, 6-0 win. The freshman would eventually fall to Cornell's Sam Fleck, 6-3, 6-5, in the final eight.
Brian Yeung, Alex Steinroeder and Shaun Chaudhuri all posted 2-1 records over the weekend, with Yeung taking Columbia's Dragos Ignat to three sets in the match to determine a spot in the quarterfinal round.
The doubles teams of Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, and Nicky Hu and Yeung both advanced to the quarterfinal round. The second-ranked tandem of Nguyen and MacMaster fell to the Dartmouth duo of Tannenbaum and Ghorbani but the shock of the weekend came when HU and Yeung powered past the top-seeded team of Narayana and Schnur from Columbia by a score of 8-2. The Harvard tandem fell to the Cornell duo of Fleck and Vrabel, 8-3, in the semifinal round of the doubles tournament.
Harvard returns home for its next action as it hosts the Halloween Invitational Nov. 1-3.