Andrew Ball earned a straight-set win at No. 6 singles Thursday (Photo: Dean Bauer).
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A strong doubles showing and gritty singles play allowed for the No. 28 Harvard men's tennis team to take down No. 73 Denver, 4-1, Thursday in the first round of the Mission Valley Spring Classic. The Crimson advances in the winner's bracket of the tournament, and ups its record to 9-4 on the season.
Harvard's top doubles pair of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster, the No. 6 tandem in the nation, made short work of the No. 53 team of Henry Craig and Alex Gasson with an 8-3 win on the first court. Christo Schultz and Sebastian Beltrame matched the score on the third court, posting an 8-3 win of their own to seal the doubles point.
Andrew Ball powered the Harvard singles lineup from the sixth position, posting a clean, 6-2, 6-2 win over Aidan Talcott. While Denver got its lone point on the second singles court where Beltrame fell, 6-4, 6-4, to Diogo Rocha, it was as close as it would come, as Harvard managed a pair of three-set singles wins to clinch the match. No. 4 Brian Yeung bounced back after dropping the first set to down Alex Clinkenbeard, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Alex Steinroeder's 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Yannik James on the fifth court sealed the win for the Crimson.
The men's tennis team will take on the winner of the Purdue/San Diego match in the next round of the tourney.