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Men's Tennis Teams Back on the Courts This Weekend

Harvard's Alistar Felton

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Six Ivy League men's tennis teams are back on the courts this weekend in fall tournament action with Harvard hosting the Big Crimson Halloween Invitational, which will includes Brown and Dartmouth, Cornell hosting its own invitational and Yale hosting the Connecticut State Championships.

After this weekend, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton and Yale will have concluded their fall schedules. Columbia and Harvard will will be back on the courts a final time this fall Nov. 4-7 at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., with Columbia servng as the tournament host. The Lions' Haig Schneiderman will be competing in singles while his teammates Nathaniel Gery and Kevin Kung along with Harvard's Alistar Felton and Andy Nguyen will be competing in doubles.

A LOOK BACK
Once again, the Ivy League presence was strong at fall men's tennis tournament as Ivies were competing in all three finals, winnning the doubles and consolation singles titles, at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, hosted by Yale at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

The Harvard doubles pair of Felton and Nguyen defeated Princeton's Matt Spindler and Augie Bloom 8-3 to win the doubles title. The pair will next get a shot at a national championship in two weeks at the ITA Indoors.

Brown's Timmy Klanke rebounded from his first-round loss in the main draw of the singles bracket with five-straight victories, defeating Bloom 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation singles final.

Princeton's Matija Pecotic had his impressive run end in the singles main draw end in a three-set loss, 6-2, 5-7, 6-0, to Binghamton's Sven Vloedgraven in the final. Pecotic won five matches, defeating two Ivy foes along the way, to reach the final. The League boasted six of the eight quarterfinalists, including Brown's Sam Fife, Penn's Phil Law and Yale's John Huang, Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers. Pecotic defeated Powers in one semifinal while Hoffman fell to Vloedgraven in the other.