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Road Tests for Men's Tennis in Northwestern, Vanderbilt

Alex Steinroeder is tied for the team lead with two singles wins in dual action (Harvard Athletic Communications).

This Weekend
The Harvard men's tennis team faces two more tough tests this weekend when it travels to Evanston, Ill., for matches against Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Harvard brings a 2-3 overall record into the weekend of action.

Last Time Out
Despite pulling out a pair of three-set singles victories, the No. 27 Harvard men's tennis team dropped a 4-3 final to Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

In doubles, ODU's Can Cetinel and Carlos Lopez Villa picked up a break and held on for an 8-6 win over Nicky Hu and Andy Nguyen at No. 1. Harvard's second team of Shaun Chaudhuri and Alex Steinroeder breezed past Albert Ochagavia and Jonas Kuwert at No. 2, 8-2, but the freshman pair of Kelvin Lam and Conor Haughey fell, 8-3, at No. 3, allowing Old Dominion to claim the doubles point.

Steinroeder highlighted singles play for the Crimson, rolling past Ochagavia at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2, to get Harvard on the board in the match.  Shaun Chaudhuri played one of three, three-set matches on the day, battling Lopez Villa in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 defeat. Andy Nguyen came out on top in a three-setter in the third singles slot, besting Dante Terenzio, 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 with a strong showing in the deciding set. The rookie Lam dropped the first set in his match at fifth singles, but rallied in the final two frames to clinch a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Wesley Barrett, giving Harvard three points on the day. Straight set losses by Hu at No. 4 and Haughey at No. 6 gave the Monarchs the points they needed for the slim 4-3 win.

About The Crimson
Only five matches into the dual season, Harvard has seen a number of different singles and doubles combinations, due to injury and availability. Senior captain Andy Nguyen is undefeated in singles so far this season, picking up wins at No. 3 and No. 4. Rookie Kelvin Lam is 2-2 on the year but undefeated in two matches at No. 5, while Alex Steinroeder is also 2-2 with a 2-1 record at second singles.

Harvard has put out seven different doubles combinations in just five matches this season. Steinroeder and Shaun Chaudhuri represent the lone undefeated pair, teaming for a win in the second position against Old Dominion. In all, Harvard has posted a 5-7 doubles record in dual matches this season.

Scouting The Wildcats
Northwestern has had a great start to its season and enters the weekend with an impressive 8-1 record. The Wildcats started their dual season with six straight wins, including a win at Notre Dame and a victory over Virginia Tech in the first round of the ITA Indoor Team Championships. Northwestern's lone loss on the year came in the final round of that event, a 4-0 loss at Duke. Victories over North Carolina State and William & Mary have the squad back to its winning ways, and the Wildcats will face off against Vanderbilt Friday before facing the Crimson Saturday.

Scouting the Commodores
Through six matches this year, Vanderbilt holds a 4-2 record. A season-opening 7-0 win over Butler was followed by a 6-1 loss to Michigan State, and the Commodores split matches at the ITA National Kickoff event, falling to Georgia, 4-3, and blanking Minnesota, 7-0. Vandy has notched a pair of 6-1 wins in its last two matches, taking down Middle Tennessee State and Tulane, and will face Northwestern Friday before its match with the Crimson Sunday.

Up Next
The ECAC Division I Indoor Team Championship awaits the Crimson following its stay in Evanston, Ill. The event begins Feb. 15 in Ithaca, N.Y., and goes through Feb. 18.