After starting on the road, the Harvard men’s tennis team came home to the Murr Center Tennis Courts to take on No. 59 Princeton and Penn in Ivy League play.
Despite entering the weekend behind both teams in the Ancient Eight, the No. 31 Crimson (14-6, 3-1 Ivy) swept both the Quakers (6-11, 2-2) and Tigers (12-10, 2-3) by a score of 4-0.
The win moved Harvard into second in the Ivy League and puts pressure on first place Columbia as the Crimson looks to defend its Ivy League title.
HARVARD 4, PENN 0
A day after beating Princeton, Harvard continued its success by defeating Penn, handing the Quakers their seconds straight Ivy loss.
The Crimson claimed the doubles point for the third consecutive time, led by the tandem of sophomore Nicky Hu and freshman Brian Yueng, who claimed their third straight victory and eighth of the season by an 8-6 margin.
Penn put pressure on Harvard, as junior Denis Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster, the 15th ranked duo in the nation, fell to Penn’s Nikola Kocovic and Matt Nardella in an 8-7 decision.
Harvard secured the 1-0 lead as freshman Sebastian Beltrame and Christo Schultz followed their teammates with an 8-4 triumph on court three.
“Getting the doubles point is big for us,” junior co-captain Alex Steinroeder said. “When we get [the point] it really helps us out and builds some momentum.”
The Crimson carried the momentum of its doubles triumph into singles, with all six players taking the first set in their respective matches to make sure Harvard got out to a substantial advantage.
Yueng continued his hot streak by defeating Nardella on a 6-4, 6-2 decision to put the Crimson up, 2-0. It was Yueng’s third straight singles victory and 18th of the season.
Harvard would go up 3-0 on the Quakers as Shaun Chauduri defeated junior Jeremy Court, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 3 position, before Nguyen, who entered the weekend ranked as the No. 39 singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, closed the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kocovic to avenge the doubles loss.
“It was really the first two matches of the season where everyone really played well from one to six,” Steinroeder said. “It was a big confidence [boost] for us, really dominating the two teams.”
HARVARD 4 PRINCETON 0
Harvard started its weekend slate by returning to Cambridge to play its first home Ivy League matches against Princeton.