Men's Tennis Edged, 4-2, by Iowa in Opening Match of San Diego Tournament

Men's Tennis Edged, 4-2, by Iowa in Opening Match of San Diego Tournament

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Harvard men's tennis team (8-7) fell 4-2 in a close match to Iowa (10-4) in the opening round of the USD/SDSU Spring Break Tournament. Harvard earned the doubles point for the fifth time in the last six matches, as the Crimson No. 2 and No. 3 pairs earned wins after a rare loss by No. 40 Brian Yeung and Kenny Tao.

In the No. 3 spot. Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber improved to 10-3 on the season with a 6-2 win over Iowa's Robin Haden and Jake Jacoby. With doubles matches knotted at 1-1, it came down to the No. 2 pair of Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin, which moved to 6-1 on the year with a win in a tiebreaker – 7-6 (7-2).

In singles play, Thirouin recorded the lone win for Harvard, winning in the No. 4 spot, 6-1, 6-3, over Robin Haden. For Thirouin it was his team best seventh singles victory of the season (7-3).

Harvard will continue play at the USD/SDSU Spring Break Tournament tomorrow with a dual match against either San Diego State or Oregon.

Iowa 4, Harvard 2
Aztec Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
March 16, 2017

1. Josh Silverstein/Lefteris Theodoru (IOWA) def. #40 Brian Yeung/Kenny Tao (HARV), 6-4
2. Sebastian Beltrame/Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Jonas Larsen/Kareem Allaf (IOWA), 7-6(2)
3. Christopher Morrow/Logan Weber (HARV) def. Robin Haden/Jake Jacoby (IOWA), 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Harvard wins doubles point

1. Lefteris Theodoru (IOWA) def. Sebastian Beltrame (HARV), 6-4, 6-4
2. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) def. Kenny Tao (HARV), 6-2, 6-4
3. Kareem Allef (IOWA) vs. Brian Yeung (HARV), 7-6(5), 3-4, DNF
4. Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Robin Haden (IOWA), 6-1, 6-3
5. Jonas Larsen (IOWA) def. Andy Zhou (HARV), 6-3, 6-4
6. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Grant Solomon (HARV), 6-3, 6-1

Order of finish: 6, 1, 4, 2, 5*
* - match-clinching victory