They're back. The Harvard men's tennis team has established itself as one of the top teams on the East Coast.
With a fine showing over the weekend in the New England Championships held at Beren Tennis Center, Harvard looks to have maintained its position as one of the East Coast's top teams.
Co-Captain Mark Leschly led the Crimson attack, advancing to the singles final. Harvard's "B"-side captured the singles and doubles division.
"We did pretty well," Harvard Coach Dave Fish said. "We've got a lot of depth and strength. We have a strong nucleus of returning players and very talented freshmen."
"I think we're going to give other team fits," Fish added. "The other teams will have to pay attention."
Leschly dispatched Brown's Marcia Morariu in the quarterfinals match. He then followed up with a three-set, come-from-behind victory over Yale's Craig Kennedy. Leschly finally fell in a tough match, 6-3, 6-4, to Brown's Tim Donovan.
Harvard freshmen Albert Chang and Mike Schjian had one of the most exciting matches of the tournament. The freshmen duo reached the second round of the doubles draw before dropping a tough three-set match to Donovan and Morariu, the eventual champions.
Leschly then teamed up with Mike Zimmerman to beat the number-one doubles team from Dartmouth. But the Crimson duo fell to Donovan and Morariou in the finals.
In the "B"-doubles final, Harvard's Roger Berry and Joe Vidauwreta defeated teammates Tim Hartch and Laszlo Serester in the finals.
It was also an all-Crimson affair in the "B"-singles final, as Vidauwreta defeated fellow freshman Derrick Brown, 6-3, 7-5.
Brown advanced to the finals by defeating junior Rob Soni in three sets. Soni won the first set, 6-1, and was leading the second set, 1-0, but the junior had to retire because of an achilles tendon injury. In other action, Vidauwreta scored a victory over sophomore Ravi Kumar in the semifinals.
Berry also reached the finals of the singles quarterfinals before losing to Soni.