Shaun Chaudhuri went undefeated in singles matchups against Drake and DePaul on Saturday to help the Crimson go a perfect 3-0 during the Harvard Kick Off. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team continued the Harvard Kick Off by defeating Drake 4-1and DePaul 4-0. The Crimson went 4-0 in doubles play and 6-1 in singles action to complete the weekend of dual matches.
Harvard took a 1-0 lead into the match on Saturday after the doubles teams of Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster and Christo Schultz and Henry Steer won their matches and secured the doubles point. The Crimson took to the court for singles play as Steer, Steinroeder and Shaun Chaudhuri won their showdowns. Steer defeated Jean Erasmus 7-5, 6-1. Steinroeder downed Alen Salibasic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Chaudhuri beat Ben Mullis 6-2, 6-4.
In the afternoon matchup against DePaul, Harvard took the doubles point as Felton and MacMaster defeated George Chanturia and Filip Dzanko 8-4. Schultz and Steer also won its doubles battle, defeating Matija Palnic and Aaron Chaffee 8-3. In singles competition Steer continued his hot streak dispatching Chanturia 6-2, 6-2 meanwhile Shultz won his match in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 and Chaudhuri won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Harvard starts the year 3-0 for first time since 2005 when it defeated St. Johns, Princeton and Penn to begin the spring season. Harvard will return to action Feb. 3 when it takes to the road for a three day road trip with matches scheduled for Feb. 3 against Vanderbilt, Feb. 4 against Indiana and Feb. 5 against Butler.