No. 31 Men's Tennis Edges Penn, 4-0, For Third Ivy Win

No. 31 Men's Tennis Edges Penn, 4-0, For Third Ivy Win

Beltrame helped Harvard claim the doubles point for the third consecutive match (photo courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 31st-ranked Harvard men's tennis team picked up its third straight win, dispatching Penn by a 4-0 score Sunday at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The victory moved the Crimson to 14-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play.  

Harvard started off Sunday's contest by claiming the doubles point for the third-straight outing. The tandem of Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung earned a win over Jeremy Court and Zach Katz, 8-6, on court two before Sebastian Beltrame and Christo Schultz teamed up to best Austin Kaplan and Vim De Alwis, 8-4 from the No. 3 position to secure a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the No. 1 doubles match, the nation's 15th-ranked duo of junior Denis Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster dropped a hard-fought, 8-7, decision to Nikola Kocovic and Matt Nardella. 

Nguyen, the 39th-ranked player in the latest ITA national singles poll, made quick work of Penn's Kocovic, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 1 matchup. Shaun Chaudhuri also earned a point for Harvard from the No. 3 position, downing Court, 6-2, 6-3 to improve to 8-7 on the year. Yeung clinched his match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory of Nardella on court year.

Harvard returns to action Friday, April 18 with a trip to Providence, R.I., where the Crimson will take on Brown. The match is slated for 2 p.m. 

Harvard 4, Penn 0
Nguyen/MacMaster lost to Kocovic/Nardella 8-7
Hu/Yeung def. Court/Katz 8-6
Beltrame/Schultz def. Kaplan/De Alwis 8-4

Nguyen defeated Kocovic 6-1, 6-3
Beltrame vs. De Alwis 6-4, 2-3, DNF
Chaudhuri def. Court 6-2, 6-3
Steinroeder vs. Katz 6-4, 4-5, DNF
Yeung def. Nardella 6-4, 6-2
Ball def. Sharp 6-3, 1-6, 2-1 DNF