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Men’s Tennis Upset at Dartmouth, 4-3

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 34 Harvard men's tennis team was upset by No. 46 Dartmouth, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Boss Tennis Center.

Harvard (19-7, 5-2) and Dartmouth (14-10, 5-2) end up knotted for second in the Ivy League. Harvard will await its NCAA Championship fate, selected on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Dartmouth took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Dartmouth won at the No. 3 position to give the Big Green an early 2-0 advantage.

The Crimson battled back as it has all season, rattling off three-straight wins. Senior captain Alex Steinroeder defeated Max Schmidt in straight-sets at the No. 6 position (6-2, 6-4). Freshman Kenny Tao bested George Wall (7-5, 6-3) and Brian Yeung capped the streak with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Diego Pedraza.

Dartmouth would not give in, as Chris Kipouras bounced back from a 4-6 deficit to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. In a battle of two ranked foes, No. 54 Dovydas Sakinis bested No. 43 Denis Nguyen in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to take the 4-3 win.  

Doubles
#1 – No. 33 Sakinis and Kipouras (Dartmouth) def. Beltrame and Hu (Harvard), 6-3
#2 – Wall and Tannenbaum (Dartmouth) def. Nguyen and Solomon (Harvard), 7-5
#3 – Yeung and Thirouin (Harvard) def. Riccardi and Fliegner (Dartmouth), 6-4

Singles
#1 – No. 54 Sakinis (Dartmouth) def. No. 43 Nguyen (Harvard), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
#2 – Kipouras (Dartmouth) def. Hu (Harvard), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
#3 – Riccardi (Dartmouth) Beltrame (Harvard), 6-4, 6-1
#4 – Yeung (Harvard) def. Pedraza (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-3
#5 – Tao (Harvard) def. Wall (Dartmouth), 7-5, 6-3
#6 – Steinroeder (Harvard) def. Schmidt (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-4 

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