CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 25 Harvard men's tennis team took an early lead against No. 23 Vanderbilt, but was edged, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Murr Tennis Center. The Crimson rallied to blow by Bryant, 6-1, Sunday evening.
After dropping the doubles point, Harvard rallied to win three of the next four matches and take a 3-2 lead over the Commodores. Freshman Kenny Tao and sophomore Brian Yeung each won in straight sets, taking down Baker Newman and Suresh Eswaran, respectively. Junior Nicky Hu earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kris Yee at the No. 3 position.
Despite a strong opening set, senior captain Denis Nguyen could not unseat No. 8 Gonzales Austin, falling 7-6, 6-3. The match came down to a three-set thriller between senior captain Alex Steinroeder and Daniel Valent at the No. 4 spot. Steinroeder won the first match, 6-3, but Valent would rally to take the win (3-6, 6-3, 6-3).
Harvard earned the doubles point against the Bulldogs, and would take five of the six singles battles. At the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, Shaun Chaudhuri (6-4, 6-1) and Andrew Ball (6-3, 6-4) earned wins over Zach Morris and Oliver Welsh. Kelvin Lam upended Max Vogt in straight sets and rookie Xavier Gonzalez wrapped the day with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Josh Rubinstein.
The Crimson will be back in action next weekend against St. John's and Boston University.