Denis Nguyen picked up a straight-set win at No. 1 singles Saturday against Drake (Photo: Dean Bauer).
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Looking for its third straight tournament championship, the No. 28 Harvard men's tennis team fell just short of a three-peat, dropping a 4-1 match to No. 43 Drake in the final of the Mission Valley Spring Classic Saturday. Harvard finishes its spring break trip with a 2-1 record and moves to 10-5 on the season.
For the first time this tournament, the Crimson was unable to claim the doubles point, narrowly relinquishing the opening point of the match. The No. 6-ranked tandem of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster fell on the first doubles court, 8-5, but Harvard's second team of Alex Steinroeder and Brian Yeung answered back with an 8-4 victory of their own. The point came down to the third court and Sebastian Beltrame and Christo Schultz were unable to fend off Drake's Matt Frost and Ravi Patel in a tiebreaker, falling 8-7 (4), sending the doubles point to the Bulldogs.
Straight-set singles matches were in the majority on the day, and No. 37 Nguyen leveled the match score with a brief, 6-2, 6-0, win over Alen Salibasic on the top singles court. No. 2 singles saw Beltrame unable to fend off Ben Lott, as the freshman dropped a 6-2, 6-3 match. Robin Goodman proved to be too tough for Shaun Chaudhuri at third singles, and Frost needed a third set to get past Yeung on the fourth court, securing the title with a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2 victory.
The Crimson returns to action Sunday, when it hosts St. John's at the Murr Center in a 2 p.m. match.