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Four Men's Tennis Teams Tune Up Before USTA/ITA Regional

Yale's Joel Samaha
Yale's Joel Samaha

Portions courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It's a tune-up weekend for Ivy men's tennis as only four teams are in action prior to next week's USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Oct. 14-19 in New Haven, Conn.

Columbia will be hosting Penn and Princeton in its Columbia Classic at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center while Yale will be competing at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y. 

All eight Ivy teams will be action next week at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Yale.

The Yale doubles duo of juniors Erik Blumenkranz and Joel Samaha lost their opening round match Thursday at the 2010N'Dovo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The Bulldog pair take on Ole Miss' Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann Friday afternoon in the consolation round. Earlier in the week, Yale's John Huang dropped two matches in the qualifying round of the single bracket to Tennessee's Matteo Fago (6-3, 3-6, 7-6[6]) and Arizona's Jason Zafiros (6-0, 6-3). In other Ivy action from the singles qualifying round, Penn's Hicham Laalej also dropped his two matches against Geogia Tech's Juan Spir (7-6[4], 3-6, 6-3) and Wake Forest's Iain Atkinson (6-3, 2-0 ret.).

Harvard's Alistair Felton was named the Harvard weekend MVP and the doubles team of Felton and Andy Nguyen won the second doubles flight to highlight a strong performance by the Crimson men's tennis team at its own Chowder Fest hosted at the Beren Tennis Center. Felton won all three of his singles matches in the tournament and won two of three doubles matches with Nguyen to lead the Crimson. Felton never lost serve in singles play. In other singles play, junior Jonathan Pearlman played at the No. 1 slot and defeated Minnesota's No. 1 player, Sebastian Gallego, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. The doubles teams of Casey MacMaster and Brendan Seaver, and Christo Schultz and Pearlman, also won their Sunday matches, defeating teams from South Carolina and Notre Dame, respectfully.

At the three-day Dartmouth Shootout, the Big Green's Brandon DeBot followed up his Flight B doubles title win with Cameron Ghorbani with the Flight B singles title as well. Brown's Soufiane Azargui and Mike Hill won the Flight C doubles title while Azargui picked up three singles wins in the Flight B draw and the Bears' duo of Charlie Posner and Kendrick Au rebounded from their opening Flight A doubles loss with two wins to capture the consolation title.