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Men's Tennis Teams Conclude Fall Tournament Play

Harvard's Andy Nguyen
Harvard's Andy Nguyen

Portions courtesy of Columbia Media Relations/Sports Information and Harvard Athletic Communications
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Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's tennis teams closed out the the fall tournament schedule with Columbia and Harvard representing the League at the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 4-7 at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

In men's singles, Columbia junior Haig Schneiderman was the Lions' wild card entry into the main draw and fell in his two matches. Schneiderman lost to eventual semifinalist Alexandre Lacroix of Florida, 6-2, 6-3, in his opening match. He moved to the consolation draw, where he took on Wil Spencer of Georgia, Though he dropped the first set, Schneiderman fought back to take the second but came up short in the three sets after an admirable performance, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-3.

In men's doubles, Columbia senior Kevin Kung and sophomore Nathaniel Gery were also a wild card entry into the doubles draw. The Lions' duo lost their opening match Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt from Ohio State, 8-5, but rebounded in the consolation bracket to edge Thomas Shubert and Spencer Smith of Brigham Young, 9-8. Advancing to the next round, Gery and Kung faced off against the No.2 seeds, Bradley Klahan and Ryan Thacher of Stanford, Kung and Gery forced the match into a tiebreaker again but came up short this time to the Cardinal tandem, 9-8 (7-5).

Facing two top-30 doubles teams in two days, the Harvard duo of Andy Nguyen and Alistair Felton also played two tough matches, first falling 9-7 to No. 29 Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of California, then losing a tight, 9-8 (7-5) tiebreaker to No. 6 Amit Inbar and Nick Meister of UCLA.

Ivy League men's tennis teams are back on the courts in late January with spring tournament play before entering the dual match season.