Singles Play Wins the Day for Harvard Men's Tennis At Penn

Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien won his second straight Ivy League singles match Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA – Despite losing the doubles point for just the second time in its last 11 matches, the Harvard men's tennis team topped Penn with five singles victories Saturday in Philadelphia.

Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien got things going for the Crimson (13-8, 2-1 Ivy League) with his second straight Ivy League singles win at the No. 2 spot, a 6-4, 6-4, victory over the Quakers' (11-4, 1-3 Ivy League) Ivan Turudic. The win tied the dual at 1-1 after Penn swept all three doubles matches for the point there. It was only the second time in 21 dual matches this season Harvard had not won at least one doubles match.

Wins from Jonathan Pearlman at No. 1, Casey MacMaster at No. 4, Andy Nguyen at No. 5 and Joshua Tchan at No. 6 wrapped up the win for Harvard. Pearlman came back from being down one set to top Penn's No. 1 singles player, Hicham Laalej, in three sets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. MacMaster's two-set, 6-4, 7-5, victory over Nikola Kocovic extended his singles win streak to six and upped his spring dual singles record to 13-2.

Harvard heads to New Jersey Sunday to take on first place Princeton, a 4-3 winner over Dartmouth Saturday.

Harvard 5, No. 63 Penn 2

No. Singles   Score
1 Jonathan Pearlman def. Hicham Laalej   2-6, 7-5, 6-3
2 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Ivan Turudic   6-4, 6-4
3 Phil Law def. Alistair Felton   6-3, 6-4 
4 Casey MacMaster def. Nikola Kocovic   6-4, 7-5
5 Andy Nguyen def. Jason Lin   4-6, 6-4, 6-4
6 Joshua Tchan def. Jason Magnes    6-0, 6-4 

1 Eugen Brazdil/Laalej def. MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien   8-4 
2 Zach Katz/Turudic def. Pearlman/Tchan
3 Kocovic/Mark Milbrandt def. Felton/Nguyen