Men’s Tennis Bows to the Bulldogs, 4-2; Chalks Up First Win, Downing DePaul, 4-1

Senior captain, Michael Hayes (pictured), clinced Harvard's first win of the 2009-10 campaign by winning at the No. 6 position against DePaul.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard men’s tennis team claimed its first win of the 2009-10 season, a 4-1 victory over DePaul. The Crimson dropped the first match of the day to Mississippi State, Saturday afternoon.

Harvard fell to Mississippi State, 4-2, Saturday afternoon. The Crimson jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by winning two doubles matches to give it the point. Junior Aba Omodele-Lucien and freshman Christo Schultz partnered up to earn an 8-6 win at the No. 1 position. At the No. 3 spot, junior Alexei Chijoff-Evans and rookie Joshua Tchan teamed up to win 8-2. Sophomore Alistair Felton claimed Harvard’s second point, winning 7-6 (5), 6-2 at the No. 5 singles slot. The Bulldogs swept the top four singles matches to clinch the win.

In the nightcap, the Crimson squared off against DePaul to complete the singles portion of the match. The two teams met Friday night in doubles action with Harvard capturing the point. Omodele-Lucien and Schultz picked up their second doubles win of the day. Felton and Nguyen combined to win in doubles to earn the Crimson the point. Senior captain Michael Hayes clinched the match for Harvard, winning at the No. 6 position. Felton and Nguyen each picked up singles wins to help the Crimson earn its first win of the spring season. Harvard now stands at 1-2 overall.

The Crimson hits the courts Feb. 12, as it travels to New Haven, Conn. to defend its ECAC Championship team title.

MSU def. Harvard 4-2
    Player (MSU)        Player (Harvard)    Score        Winning Team   
#1    Coupland        Chijoff-Evans        3-6, 6-3, 6-4        MSU
#2    Ilyushin        Omodele-Lucien    5-7, 6-4, 6-2        MSU
#3    Cant            Tchan            6-3, 6-3        MSU
#4    Lastre            Nguyen        6-1, 3-6, 6-1        MSU
#5    Doerr            Felton            7-6(12), 6-2        Harv
#6    Gregor            Schultz            6-3, 1-6, 6-5       DNF Harv Led

    Pair (MSU)        Pair (Harvard)        Score        Winning Team   
#1    Coupland/Ilyushin    Omodele-Lucien/Schultz    8-6        H
#2    Sanchez/Lastre    Felton/Nguyen            6-3      DNF Harv Led
#3    Doerr/Cant        Chijoff-Evans/Tchan        8-2        H

Harvard def. DePaul, 4-1
    Player (DePaul)    Player (Harvard)    Score        Winning Team   
#1    Jozwiak        Chijoff-Evans        6-2, 3-3    DNF Harv led
#2    Palinic            Omodele-Lucien    6-4, 6-3        DePaul
#3    Hartman        Tchan            6-4, 4-6        DNF
#4    Graetz            Felton            6-3, 6-4        Harv
#5    Grgec            Nguyen        6-1, 6-4        Harv
#6    Hambach        Hayes            7-6(4), 6-3        Harv

    Pair            Pair            Score        Winning Team   
#1    Hartman/Jozwiak    Omodele-Lucien/Schultz    8-5        Harv
#2    Graetz/Perrin        Felton/Nguyen            8-5        Harv
#3    Grgec/Palinic        Chijoff-Evans/Tchan        6-3        DNF Harv led