Conor Haughey picked up wins in singles and doubles Sunday against BU (Photo: Dean Bauer).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Facing off against its second top-30 opponent of the weekend, the No. 24 Harvard men's tennis team fell just short against No. 22 Memphis, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Tigers Sunday afternoon at the Murr Center. The Crimson quickly rebounded with a decisive, 6-1, win over local foe Boston University in the second match of the day.
Harvard was once again unable to capture the doubles point in the match against Memphis, falling on the first and second courts to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Christo Schultz and Sebastian Beltrame collected the lone win in doubles for the Crimson, downing Ian Chadwell and David O'Leary, 8-6, on the third court.
The Crimson rallied for three singles wins, including two in three sets, but could not overcome the early deficit in the match. Beltrame finished off his strong showing in the match with a 6-4, 7-6 win over O'Leary on the third court while Harvard No. 1 Denis Nguyen had his first hiccup of the season, falling 6-3, 6-4, to Memphis' Connor Glennon. Brian Yeung fell in straight sets on the fourth singles court to Chadwell, 7-6, 6-1 and Shaun Chaudhuri was outlasted in three sets at No. 2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, by Joe Salisbury.
Alex Steinroeder and Andrew Ball buoyed the back end of the Harvard singles lineup with a pair of victories to keep the match close. Steinroeder dug deep to best David O'Hare at fifth singles, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 and Ball cruised to a third-set victory in a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 win over Cedric DeZutter on the sixth singles court.
In the second match of the day, Harvard was able to wrangle the doubles point with wins on the second and third courts. Conor Haughey and Kelvin Lam combined for a clean 8-3 win at No. 2 and Brendan Seaver and Casey MacMaster worked for an 8-4 win at third doubles, clinching the point for the hosts.
Four straight-set singles wins set the tone for the Crimson led by a dominant performance from Shaun Chaudhuri at No. 1, posting a nearly flawless 6-0, 6-1 result. Schultz wasn't far beind on the second court with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, and Henry Steer powered to a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 5. Haughey clinched the double-win day with a 6-2, 6-4 win at fourth singles and Brendan Seaver did the same at sixth singles, needing three sets for the 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 win.
Harvard will take next weekend off and then host another doubleheader March 8, when it welcomes Michigan State and Bryant to the Murr Center courts.