Crimson Men's Tennis Falls to Cornell in Ivy League Opener

Sophomore Joshua Tchan helped win the doubles point Friday and went down to the wire in his singles match (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It all came down to the most unlikely of matches Friday, the No. 6 singles spot. With the dual tied at three points apiece and the match knotted up at one set each, No. 49 Cornell's Evan McElwain pulled away for a 6-3 set, match and dual win to down No. 70 Harvard, 4-3, in both team's Ivy League opener.

It was the duo of Tchan and Jonathan Pearlman that clinched the doubles point for the Crimson (11-8, 0-1 Ivy League) earlier in the match with an 8-6 victory over the Big Red's team of Mirza Klis and McElwan. Harvard took the 1-0 lead into singles play and earned victories from Alistair Felton at No. 3 and Casey MacMaster at No. 5, while Cornell (18-4, 1-0 Ivy League) took the No. 1, 2 and 4 spot before the showdown at No. 6.

Tchan actually trailed in the first set against McElwain, 3-0, but roared back to win two straight games, then push the score to 4-3 before finally falling, 7-5. Tchan then evened the match at one set-all with a 6-4 second set victory. The two traded games back and forth in the final set to tie it at 2-2 and 3-3 before McElwain finally pulled away.

Harvard will take on two-time defending Ivy League champion Columbia at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

No. 49 Cornell 4, No. 70 Harvard 3

No. Singles Score
1 Jonathan Jaklitsch def. Jonathan Pearlman   7-6(2), 6-0
2 Andy Gauthier def. Aba Omodele-Lucien   6-3, 6-2
3 Alistair Felton def. Mirza Klis   2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4 Jeremy Feldman def. Andy Nguyen   6-4, 4-6, 6-2
5 Casey MacMaster def. Evan Bernstein   6-4, 6-4
6 Evan McElwain def. Joshua Tchan   7-5, 4-6, 6-3
1 MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien def. Gauthier/Feldman   8-5
2 Bernstein/Jaklitsch def. Felton/Nguyen   8-4
3 Pearlman/Tchan def. Klis/McElwain   8-6