The Harvard men's tennis team dominated this weekend's Rolex Intercollegiate Tennis Championship at Princeton.
With resounding victories in both the singles and doubles divisions, the netmen paved their way to the National Indoors Tennis Championship held in Houston next February.
"It was the best performance we've ever had at this thing," Harvard Coach Dave Fish said. The Crimson's success was certainly a surprise to many. Only two Harvard players were seeded in the top eight in the singles division, but five advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Crimson continued its success through the quarterfinal round. Co-Captain Larry Scott cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the tournament's number two seed, Tim Donovan of Brown, to lead the pack of netmen into the semis.
Harvard's Arkie Engle defeated Columbia star Matt Litsky in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to gain a second semifinal berth. Crimson clobbered Crimson to wrap up the third spot, as Peter Palandjian grabbed two sets from Bill Stanley, 6-4, 6-1.
Harvard's Darryl Laddin fell at the paws of Lion Phil Williamson--the tourney's number one seed--however, as Williamson grabbed the final spot.
The finals was a showdown between Williamson and Scott. The number one seed from Columbia versus a havoc wreaker from Harvard. Scott snagged two straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, from Williamson to claim the title.
The tourney championship marked Scott's first major eastern tournament win, and is his ticket to the National Indoors Tennis Championship.
The doubles division meant double domination for the netmen.
Three Harvard doubles teams made it to the semifinals.
In the semis, the Crimson pair of Peter Palandjian and Laddin were unable to weather an attack at the paws of Lions Williamson and Howard Endleman. The Columbia pair won in two straight, 6-2, 6-4.
Again it was Crimson versus Crimson as Scott and Engle battled Paul Palandjian and Darryl Laddin for the remaining spot in the tourney championship.
The first set was indeed a battle, but Scott and Engle--the first seeded doubles team in the tourney--came out on top, 7-5. They had an easier time of it in the second, winning 6-2.
The situation in the doubles finals had a familiar ring to it.
Another showdown. Harvard versus Columbia.
Scott versus Williamson.
A trip to Houston on the line.
The result should also sound familiar. Harvard's dynamic duo dumped Endleman and Williamson without hesitation, 6-1, 6-4, to take the tourney's doubles title.
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