Men's Tennis Evens Record With 5-2 Win Over Purdue

Senior Alexei Chijoff-Evans earned his first win of the season Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Anchored by a sweep in doubles and four singles wins, the Harvard men's tennis team earned its first dual match victory of the spring Saturday with a 5-2 defeat of Purdue at the Murr Center Tennis Courts

Playing its second dual match in as many days against a Big Ten Conference team, the Crimson rebounded from a tough 6-1 loss Friday against Northwestern to even its record at 1-1 with the win.

Harvard flexed its muscles in the doubles to take an early 1-0 lead in the match, earning wins from the duos of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen, Casey MacMaster and Jonathan Pearlman, and Aba Omodele-Lucien and Joshua Tchan, by scores of 8-3, 8-4, and 8-5, respectively.

Pearlman rebounded from a loss Friday at the No. 1 singles slot, defeating the Boilermakers' Krisztian Krocsko, 6-3, 6-2. Senior Alexei Chijoff-Evans earned his first win of the year by topping Purdue's Eric Ramos, 6-1, 7-5.

The Crimson will continue its season-opening home stand of seven dual matches and two tournaments at 5 p.m. Friday by hosting a third consecutive Big Ten opponent when Indiana visits the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

Harvard 5, Purdue 2

No. Singles   Score
1 Jonathan Pearlman def. Krisztian Krocsko   6-3, 6-2
2  Szymon Tatarczyk def. Alistair Felton
  6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
3 Alexei Chijoff-Evans def. Eric Ramos   6-1, 7-5
4 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Mark Kovacs
  6-1, 6-7(5), 10-8
5 Aaron Dujovne def. Joshua Tchan
  6-2, 3-6, 10-8
6 Andy Nguyen def. Pawel Poziomski
  6-4, 6-2
1 Felton/Nguyen def. Dujovne/Kovacs
2 MacMaster/Pearlman def. Krocsko/Ramos
3 Omodele-Lucien/Tchan def. Poziomski/Tatarczyk