NEW YORK – No. 50 Harvard men's tennis (12-10) nearly pulled off the upset against No. 28 Columbia, falling, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a doubles-point victory. Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung handled the No. 15 pair of Shawn Hadavi and Richard Pham, 6-3. Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin posted a 7-5 victory over the No. 28 duo of Mike Vermeer and Michal Rolski.
At the top spot, Nicky Hu pulled the upset over No. 64 Shawn Hadavi in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Columbia won the next three points, posting straight-set wins at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 positions.
Senior Kelvin Lam brought the Crimson back to even with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Richard Pham at the No. 5 slot. A battle at the No. 2 spot between Sebastian Beltrame and Victor Pham went down to the tie breaker. Beltrame won the first set, 6-3, before Pham answered with a 6-4 win. Pham edged Beltrame 7-6 (8) to give the Lions the win.
The Crimson will be back in Cambridge next weekend to host Penn and Princeton.
Doubles (Finish Order: 1-2)
Nicky Hu/Brien Yeung def. No. 15 Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham, 6-3
Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin def. No. 28 Mike Vermeer/Michal Rolski, 7-5
Andy Zhou/Christopher Morrow unfinished vs. Christopher Grant/Miguel Alda, 6-5
Singles (Finish Order: 1-3-4-6-5-2
No. 117 Nicky Hu def. No. 64 Shawn Hadavi, 6-2, 6-1
Victor Pham def. Sebastian Beltrame, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8)
Eric Rubin def. Kenny Tao, 6-3, 6-3
Mike Vermeer def. Andy Zhou, 6-4, 6-1
Kelvin Lam def. Richard Pham, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Timothy Wang def. Christopher Morrow, 7-5, 6-4