CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's tennis (12-8) swept the day, upsetting No. 38 Old Dominion (14-4), 4-3, and handling Amherst College (9-3), 5-2, Sunday at the Murr Tennis Center.
"It was a great team win today," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "ODU is a strong squad and that brought out our best tennis. I'm so proud of our effort. When we compete like this, we are a hard team to handle because we are competitive in all six positions.
"Congrats to freshman Chris Morrow, who notched the final point with the match tied. He went after it and his courage was rewarded," Rueb added.
The Crimson halted a 12-game win streak by the Monarchs, fighting back from a 2-0 hole to win by one. Old Dominion took the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions and Adam Moundir upended Nicky Hu, 6-1, 6-2, to push ODU ahead, 2-0.
Harvard got on the board with a win from Kelvin Lam in straight sets on the No. 5 court, before the Monarchs answered with a win at the No. 3 spot. Sebastian Beltrame came up with a big win at the No. 2 position (6-4, 7-6) and the Crimson rookies earned wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 slots. Andy Zhou posted a straight-sets win over Javier Jover-Maestre and Christopher Morrow won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Against the Jeffs, Harvard swept the doubles point to earn a 1-0 advantage. Zhou handled Anton Zykov at the No. 1 position in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Thirouin picked up a win at the No. 2 slot, 7-5, 6-1. Haughey and Sam Beren also earned points for the Crimson.
Harvard opens Ivy League play next weekend at Cornell Saturday and Columbia Sunday.
1. Adam Moundir (ODU) def. Nicky Hu (HARV) 6-1, 6-2
2. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) def. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) 6-4, 7-6
3. Michael Weindl (ODU) def. Brian Yeung (HARV) 6-1, 6-4
4. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Kelvin Lam (HARV) def. Jose Nunez-Navarro (ODU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Christopher Morrow (HARV) def. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
1. Adam Moundir/Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) dnf. Nicky Hu/Brian Yeung (HARV)
2. Michael Weindl/Javier Jover-Maestre (ODU) def. Jean Thirouin/Sebastian Beltrame (HARV) 6-3
3. Jose Nunez-Navarro/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Christopher Morrow/Andy Zhou (HARV) 6-3
1. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Anton Zykov (AC) 6-2, 6-2
2. Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Andrew Yaraghi (AC) 7-5, 6-1
3. Michael Solimano (AC) def. Kelvin Lam (HARV) 3-6, 6-3, 0-1
4. Conor Haughey (HARV) def. Aaron Revzin (AC) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0
5. Sam Beren (HARV) def. Zach Bessette (AC) 6-3, 6-4
6. Ben Fife (AC) def. Michael Peters (HARV) 6-4, 6-2
1. Yeung/Thirouin def. Revzin/Solimano 6-4
2. Haughey/Lam def. Yaraghi/Zykov 6-2
3. Peters/Hu def. Fife/Bessette 6-2