The Harvard men’s tennis team concluded its fall season this past weekend, with team members competing at both the ITA National Indoor Championships in New York and the Tribe Invitational, hosted by William & Mary.
While co-captain Denis Nguyen and sophomore Brian Yeung fell short for the Crimson on a national stage at the ITA Championships, the rest of the squad performed well at the Tribe Invitational and captured several All-Tournament awards.
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While most of the team traveled to William & Mary, Nguyen—who became Harvard’s first All-American since 2005 with his run to the semifinals of last season’s NCAA singles tournament—and Yeung headed to Flushing Meadows, N.Y. for the ITA National Indoor Championships to compete in doubles.
In addition to Nguyen and Yeung, two doubles pairs from defending Ivy champion Columbia also represented the conference in Flushing Meadows.
Nguyen and Yeung, who started playing together this fall, qualified for the tournament after earning doubles champion honors in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships in October. The duo was one of just 20 doubles pairs competing at the event.
On Thursday, Nguyen and Yeung went up against Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor of Notre Dame, but fell short in a close three-set match, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(3).
Despite the first-round loss, the pair found success in the consolation round, taking down Deni Zmak and Jaime Sanchez from Embry-Riddle, 6-3, 6-4, and followed that up with a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(7) win over Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge from NC State.
Nguyen, who partnered for the past three seasons with Casey MacMaster ’14 to form a formidable doubles team that ranked as high as sixth in the nation last year, said that playing with Yeung remains a work in progress.
“The partnership is going great so far,” Nguyen said. “It’s been refreshing to play with a new face and new personality, and getting used to a new person’s name. But we just need a little more match experience together so that I can better understand his tendencies and what he’s like under pressure.”
The rest of the Crimson went to William & Mary to compete in the annual fall season-closing Tribe Invitational, and the team turned in a strong performance to wrap up the first segment of its year-long campaign.
The tournament featured players from the Tribe, Penn State, and Old Dominion, and it featured a mock-dual format over two days designed to maximize the number of matches played.
On Friday, Harvard took on the Nittany Lions in both singles and doubles. In singles, the Crimson took six of eight matches, highlighted by sophomore Sebastian Beltrame’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 29 Leo Stakhovsky.
Freshmen Grant Solomon and Jean Thirouin also picked up victories; Thirouin’s came in dramatic 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 fashion over Christian Lutschaunig.
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