However, things weren’t all positive for the Crimson (6-1, 5-0 Ivy), as sophomore intercollegiate No. 4 Will Broadbent was forced to retire from his match against Princeton’s defending intercollegiate champion Yasser El-Halaby after straining his LCL in the third game.
Broadbent plans to be evaluated by an orthopedist today.
Harvard 7, Princeton 2
Junior Michael Blumberg won the clinching match as the Crimson knocked off two-time defending Ivy champion Princeton (6-2, 4-2) yesterday.
Blumberg, playing at No. 5, beat intercollegiate No. 36 Dent Wilkens 9-3, 5-9, 9-3, 9-2.
After winning the first game easily, Blumberg jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second game before Wilkens ran the table to even the match.
“I lost my focus a little bit,” Blumberg said. “I started to be a little bit less sharp on all my shots.”
But Blumberg recovered to take the next two games and secure Harvard’s fifth individual win.
At No. 7, freshman intercollegiate No. 25 Jason De Lierre came from behind to beat Preston Comey in five games.
De Lierre took the first seven points of the fourth game en route to a 9-1 victory, but had more trouble in the fifth game, in which he fell behind, 7-2, before reeling off seven consecutive points to take the match.
“I just wasn’t really focused or concentrating much,” De Lierre said of the match’s early games. “The first tough game, it takes a good while to get into it.”
Broadbent, playing at No. 1, trailed 2-0, 6-2 when he slipped going to his left and went down grabbing his right knee.
He had fallen behind 4-0 in the opening game, but drew back even at four all before tinning on a drop shot, giving El-Halaby the opportunity to close out the game.
El-Halaby then opened the second game by sending Broadbent scrambling all over the court and extended his streak of consecutive points to 14 by blanking Broadbent in the game.
Broadbent took the first point of the third game, but El-Halaby regained the lead before Broadbent was forced to retire.