Casey MacMaster's two-win day helped Harvard move to 2-0 in Ivy play Sunday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team sent a message to the rest of the Ivy League Sunday, polishing off No. 48 Cornell in a decisive 6-1 victory. The win is Harvard's ninth straight and allows the Crimson to improve to 2-0 in Ancient Eight play.
The Harvard doubles teams were in fine form Sunday, breezing to a pair of victories and securing the doubles point for the hosts. No. 65 Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, Harvard's top doubles team, made short work of the Big Red's Venkat Iyer and Alex Sidney, powering to an 8-3 victory. The No. 2 duo of Andy Nguyen and Nicky Hu wasn't far behind, securing the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen.
It was a decisive win for the hosts on the singles courts as well, with four of the five singles players taking care of business in straight sets. Andy Nguyen continued his stellar season at the No. 4 position with a blazing 6-0, 6-1 win over Cornell's Quoc-Daniel Nguyen. MacMaster polished off a two-win day with a victory at No. 6, posting a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kyle Berman to put the Crimson within a point of the match.
MacMaster's doubles partner Denis Nguyen did just that, methodically working his way past Iyer in the top singles slot, 6-2, 6-2, to secure the victory for the hosts. Alex Steinroeder collected Harvard's fifth point of the day, putting away a second-set tiebreaker in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win on the third court. After Hu fell to Luu, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5, Shaun Chaudhuri ended the day on a high not for Harvard, edging Sam Fleck in a third-set tiebreaker and securing the match at No. 2, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Harvard continues its march towards an Ivy League championship next weekend, when it hits the road for matches against Princeton and Penn.
Harvard 6, Cornell 1
1. D. Nguyen/MacMaster (H) def. Iyer/Sidney (C), 8-3
2. A. Nguyen/N. Hu (H) def. Luu/Q.Nguyen (C), 8-4
3. Steinroeder/Lam (H) vs. Fleck/Berman (C), DNF
1. Denis Nguyen (H) def. Venkat Iyer (C), 6-2, 6-2
2. Shaun Chaudhuri (H) def. Sam Fleck (C), 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
3. Alex Steinroeder (H) def. Alex Sidney (C), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4. Andy Nguyen (H) def. Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (C), 6-0, 6-1
5. Jason Luu (C) def. Nicky Hu (H), 6-4, 6-4
6. Casey MacMaster (H) def. Kyle Berman, 6-3, 6-3