M. Tennis Splits Squad, Still Succeeds

Playing with a split squad, the Harvard men's tennis team concluded a successful weekend at the Dartmouth Invitational and at the Penn Conference Classic.

Freshman Mark Riddell won the men's final of the Invitational and Cliff Nguyen and George Turner won the doubles finals of the Classic.

At Dartmouth, Riddell faced fellow Crimson freshman Ryan Browne in the men's final and defeated him 6-5(7-4), 0-6, 6-4.


Riddell's road to the finals began with a victory over Brown's Jonathon Argo. In the next round, Riddell faced a stiff challenge from Scott Carleton of Yale. Riddell finally pull out the win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In the quarterfinals, Riddell cruised past UNLV's Greg Skorin in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 before crushing Yale's Greg Royce, 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.

"It was a good weekend for us," Browne said. "We competed very well."

After the opening day, Crimson players had earned three quarterfinal berths, with wins by Browne, Riddell and junior Dali Snyder

Snyder earned a tremendous victory by surprising Dartmouth's No. 1 player, Jeff Sloves, in front of the Dartmouth faithful. Snyder defeated Sloves in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, after defeating Yale's Andrew Rosenfeld, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round, to reach the quarterfinals.

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