NASHVILLE, Tenn. – No. 32 Harvard men's tennis (6-3) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take down No. 27 Vanderbilt (3-3), 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Currey Tennis Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Senior Kelvin Lam secured the match for the Crimson in straight sets at the No. 6 spot.
"My opponent was playing defensive the whole match, so I just tried to stay aggressive, make the right plays and come to the net to finish points off," said Lam. "I think it was a great effort for everyone to fight all the way back from a 3-1 deficit. The seventh men were supporting the team all the way through and really made it feel like a home match."
In three close matches, the Crimson took the doubles point, 2-1, after Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung clinched with a 7-6 squeaker over Cameron Klinger and Rhys Johnson. Harvard then fell into a hole, losing at the No. 4, No. 1 and No. 2 spots.
"It was a great team win," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "Dave and I are so proud of their fight and resilience. Vandy is a strong, well-coached team and it took everything we had.
"Kelvin has worked so hard this past year and is playing at a high level, Rueb continued. "It is never easy being the last match with everyone watching, but Kelvin stayed aggressive and finished with gusto."
Yeung stopped the Commodore momentum, posting a 6-3, 7-6 win over Baker Newman. Andy Zhou evened the match, coming back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to best Kris Yee in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 6-2). The contest finished with Lam, who took down Alex Ross (6-4, 7-6) to guarantee the Crimson upset.
Harvard heads to New York City for the ECAC Championships next weekend.
#44 Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung, Harvard def. Cameron Klinger/Rhys Johnson, Vanderbilt 7-6
Ryan Smith/Pen Binet, Vanderbilt def. #32 Sebastian Beltrame/Kenny Tao, Harvard 7-5
Kelvin Lam/Conor Haughey, Harvard def. Daniel Valent/Baker Newman, Vanderbilt 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
No. 1 #64 Daniel Valent, Vanderbilt def. #71 Nicky Hu, Harvard, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 Rhys Johnson, Vanderbilt def. Sebastian Beltrame, Harvard 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Brian Yeung, Harvard def. Baker Newman, Vanderbilt 6-3, 7-6
No. 4 Cameron Klinger, Vanderbilt def. Kenny Tao, Harvard, 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 Andy Zhou, Harvard def. Kris Yee, Vanderbilt, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 Kelvin Lam, Harvard def. Alex Ross, Vanderbilt 6-4, 7-6
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6