Harvard Men’s Tennis Slips Past Vanderbilt 4-3

Harvard Men’s Tennis Slips Past Vanderbilt 4-3

Freshman Denis Nguyen won the matches final singles competition to help secure a 4-3 Crimson victory over No. 34 Vanderbilt. 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Freshman Denis Nguyen saved five match points during Harvard's final singles competition, to secure the victory for Harvard over No. 34 Vanderbilt, 4-3, at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind., Friday afternoon.

Harvard began the match going 1-2 against the Commodores in doubles play with the No. 45 ranked team of Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster falling to the team of Gonzalez and Bazamik, 8-5. Andy and Denis Nguyen won its doubles match against Jones and Offerdahl 8-6 but sophomore Christo Schultz and freshman Henry Steer fell 8-6 in their matchup, as Harvard lost the doubles point.

The Crimson rallied in singles competition, as it got stellar play from its four through six spots as freshman Alex Stienroeder defeated Joe Dorn (6-1, 6-4), Schultz defeated Offerdahl (6-2, 3-6, 6-4) and freshman Shaun Chaudhuri took down Divalerio (6-1, 6-4). The Crimson and Commodores were tied going into the final match with Nguyen facing Austin in the two spot. The freshman from Anaheim, Calif., lost the first set 5-7 but was able to rally in the second, winning 6-4. Nguyen was able to fend off defeat five times during the match to seal a 7-5 third set win, and secured Harvard's fourth victory of the season.

Harvard will continue its road swing tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. when it takes on Indiana at the IU Tennis Center. Full Results from today's match are listed below:

Felton/MacMaster lost to A. Gonzales/Bazarnik 8-5
Nguyen/Nguyen def. C. Jones/Offerdahl 8-6
Schultz/Steer lost to Divalerio 8-6

1. Pearlman lost to Charlie Jones   6-4, 6-1
2. D. Nguyen def. G. Austin (saved 5 match points - last match on court)  5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
3. Steer lost to Blake Bazarnik  6-7, 6-4, 6-1
4. Steinroeder def Joe Dorn  6-1, 6-4
5. C. Schultz def Offerdahl  6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6. Chaudhuri def. A. Divalerio 6-1, 6-4