Princeton Wins Tightly Contested Dual Over Harvard Men's Tennis

Sophomore Andy Nguyen won his singles match in straight sets Sunday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Every point counted Sunday between Princeton and the Harvard men's tennis team, as two doubles matches were decided by one game and five of the six singles matches went to a deciding third set. The Tigers would grab the final edge, 4-3, over the Crimson.

Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen grabbed their 20th win of the season as a doubles tandem, defeating Augie Bloom and Dan Davies at the No. 3 spot, 8-4. Bloom paired with Matt Spindler in the fall when Felton and Nguyen topped them to take the ITA Northeast Region Indoor title. Harvard (13-9, 2-2 Ivy League) would lose the doubles point, however, as the teams of Casey MacMaster and Aba Omodele-Lucien (No. 1), and Jonathan Pearlman and Joshua Tchan (No. 2) both fell, 9-8, to Princeton (12-6, 5-0 Ivy League) duos.

Harvard got singles victories from MacMaster, Nguyen and Omodele-Lucien. Nguyen's win was the only singles match Sunday that did not go three sets, as he topped Princeton's Dan Richardson, 6-4, 6-4. MacMaster's match was the closest of the day, as each set went to a tiebreaking 13th game. The freshman would beat Matt Siow, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, at the No. 4 slot.

The Crimson continues Ivy League play with a road match at Yale Friday before returning home Sunday to host Brown in its final home dual of the season.

No. 59 Princeton 4, Harvard 3

No. Singles   Score
1 Matija Pecotic def. Jonathan Pearlman   7-5, 2-6, 6-4
2 Aba Omodele-Lucien def. Matt Spindler   6-7, 7-6, 6-2
3 Augie Bloom def. Alistair Felton   6-3, 3-6, 6-2
4 Casey MacMaster def. Matt Siow   6-7, 7-6, 7-6
5 Andy Nguyen def. Dan Richardson   6-4, 6-4
6 Alex Faust def. Joshua Tchan   6-3, 2-6, 7-6
1 Pecotic/Siow def. MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien   9-8
2 Michael Lin/Yohei Shoji def. Pearlman/Tchan   9-8
3 Felton/Nguyen def. Bloom/Dan Davies   8-4