No. 38 Men’s Tennis Survives No. 50 Princeton Comeback, Downs Tigers 4-3

Photo by Zack Williamson
Photo by Zack Williamson

SAN DIEGO—The No. 38 Harvard men's tennis team survived a late comeback by No. 50 Princeton, edging the Tigers, 4-3, to close out the San Diego Spring Classic this afternoon. Going 2-1 across the three-day tournament, the Crimson returns to Cambridge with a 11-5 (0-0 Ivy) record on the season.

Opening the match, Harris Walker and Steven Sun picked up a quick doubles win to give the Crimson the early lead, taking down the Tigers on court three, 6-3. Princeton locked both teams up at 1-1 with a 6-3 victory of their own on court one, putting the doubles point up for grabs before ultimately securing the 1-0 lead over the Crimson with the win in the No. 2 spot.

Lane Leschly picked up a straight-sets victory in the sixth position to tie up the match at 1-1.  Harris Walker followed up with a straight-sets victory of his own, cruising past Princeton's No. 4, 6-2, 6-3. Robert Wrzesinski brought the Crimson within one point of clinching the match before the Tigers evened the score at 3-3 with back-to-back wins on courts two and five. With the match on the line, first-year Brian Shi came up big in the third set, dominating the tiebreaker to claim the victory for the Crimson, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (1).

"I'm really proud of our fight and heart. Yesterday, we lost to a terrific Tulane squad who were firing on all cylinders. I thought we responded well to come back today against Princeton and to play some inspired tennis," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "It is never easy beating a tough team when you lose the doubles point, but this crew was up for the challenge. Everyone contributed in the win today - it took a whole team effort."

Harvard Highlights
-Harvard moves to 2-0 over Princeton this season, extending its all-time series record to 56-46 over the Tigers.
-Three Crimson players picked up straight-sets victories today—Robert Wrzesinski, Harris Walker and Lane Leschly.
-First-year Brian Shi clinched the match for Harvard, battling back from a first set loss to split sets and claim the tie-break victory in the third position.

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Harvard returns to the Murr Center to host a doubleheader against Boston College and Quinnipiac next Sunday, March 31, at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

1. Robert Wrzesinski def. Ryan Seggerman, 7-5, 6-4
2. Karl Poling def. Andy Zhou, 6-4, 6-3
3. Brian Shi def. Damian Rodriguez, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1)
4. Harris Walker def. Bill Duo, 6-2, 6-3
5. Davey Roberts def. Steven Sun, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)
6. Lane Leschly def. Will Peters, 6-1, 6-2

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 1, 2, 5, 3*

1. Ryan Seggerman/PaytonHolden def. Logan Weber/Andy Zhou, 6-3
2. DamianRodriguez/KarlPoling def. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi, 6-4
3. Harris Walker/Steven Sun def. Bill Duo/Justin Barki, 6-3