No. 50 Men’s Tennis Blasts Penn, 6-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 50 Harvard men's tennis (13-10, 1-2) blew past Penn, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Murr Tennis Center. Sophomore Kenny Tao clinched the match for the Crimson.  

Harvard started strong, taking the doubles point with all three pairs earning a win. Rookies Andy Zhou and Chris Morrow took down their opponents at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. Zhou rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Matt Nardella and Morrow won in straight-sets.

Senior Kelvin Lam continued his winning ways with a three-set win over Josh Pompan in the No. 3 slot. Sophomore Jean Thirouin posted a win in the No. 6 slot with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Ismael Lahlou.

Tao fought back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to take the next two, 6-3 and 6-4. The sophomore secured the first Ivy League win for Harvard with the win over Vim De Alwis.

The Crimson will be back in Cambridge tomorrow to host No. 37 Princeton.

Doubles

Nicky Hu/Brien Yeung def. Austin Kaplan/Nicholai Westergaard, 6-3
Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin def. Matt Nardella/Thomas Spratt, 7-5
Chris Morrow/Andy Zhou def. Dmitry Shatalin/Blaine Wittenborg, 6-3

Singles

Kyle Mautner def. Nicky Hu, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Kenny Tao def. Vim De Alwis, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Kelvin Lam def. Josh Pompan, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Andy Zhou def. Matt Nardella, 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-4
Christopher Morrow def. Blaine Willenborg, 6-2, 6-4
Jean Thirouin def. Ismael Lahlou, 6-3, 7-6 (4)