After its first road trip of the winter season, the Harvard men’s tennis team arrived back in Cambridge with a 2-1 record under its belt.
The Crimson topped Vanderbilt and Butler on the first and last day of its three-day Midwest road trip, respectively, but fell to Indiana on Saturday.
While Harvard squeaked out a win over Vanderbilt, riding a standout, clutch performance from freshman Denis Nguyen to the victory, on Sunday against Butler, in the words of senior Alistair Felton, the Crimson “crushed in emphatic style.”
“I thought it was fun,” Nguyen said. “We had a lot of good matches, faced some competitive teams, and came out largely on top. It was a pretty successful trip.”
The Harvard (5-1) squad was happy with its efforts and reassured of the mentality that got it this far.
“We came in full of confidence from the wins last weekend and full of belief that we could win all the matches even if we weren’t favored,” Felton explained. “We had a really positive attitude, and it definitely paid off.”
HARVARD 7, BUTLER 0
The Crimson rebounded from the previous day’s disappointing efforts on Sunday afternoon, winding up with its most resounding win of the year, defeating Butler (0-6), 7-0 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Harvard last completed a 7-0 sweep came in 2011 against Boston University, almost one year exactly before the Crimson’s matchup with the Bulldogs.
In doubles play, Harvard had no trouble topping its Butler counterparts. Denis Nguyen and doubles partner junior Andy Nguyen took their match, 8-5, while senior Alistair Felton and freshman Alex Steinroeder also won in convincing fashion, 8-3.
Sophomore Christo Schultz and freshman Henry Steer’s match mirrored that of the two Nguyens, as they matched their teammates’ score of 8-5.
Not to be outdone, the Crimson’s singles players also brought out their brooms and finished off the day without any losses.
Pearlman earned his first victory of the triple-header when he topped his Butler opponent, 6-4, 6-3. And from then on, the disparity between the teams only got larger.
In Steer’s matchup, the freshman took charge of the match immediately, winning, 6-1, 6-1. Steer’s double partner, Schultz, continued his teammate’s success, dropping just two games en route to a 6-0, 6-2 win.
Steinroeder didn’t break rank, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Chaudhuri and Andy Nguyen finished off the day, winning 6-2, 6-0, and 6-1, 6-3, respectively.