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Men's Tennis Teams Go Into Final Fall Weekend

Columbia's Haig Schneiderman
Columbia's Haig Schneiderman

Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
Photo courtesy of Columbia Media Relations/Sports Information

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia and Harvard will represent Ivy League men's tennis at the final tournament of the fall season -- the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The event, which runs Nov. 4-7, is hosted by Columbia will feature the Lions' Haig Schneiderman competing in singles while his teammates Nathaniel Gery and Kevin Kung as well as Harvard's Alistar Felton and Andy Nguyen competing in doubles.

The Ivy League swept the titles at the Big Crimson Halloween Invitational, hosted by Harvard, led by Brown's strong showing. Brown senior Charlie Posner won the singles B flight, claiming a 7-6, 7-6 (2) win over Julian Camacho of Amherst. Posner also won in doubles teaming up with freshman Soufiane Azargui to defeat teammates freshman Brandon Burke and sophomore Thomas Deighton 8-6 in the doubles A flight final. In singles, Burke won the singles A flight consolation final over Harvard's Mac McAnulty 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2. 

Dartmouth sophomore Xander Centenari disposed of Amherst's Joey Fritz in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 to win the singles A flight. He won three other singles matches earlier over the weekend to reach the finals. His Big Green teammate John Kelly lost his first match of the tournament in the singles B flight to Amherst's Camacho in three sets, but came all the way back through the draw to win the consolation final 6-3, 6-3 over Clark's Diego Angel.

As for host Harvard, the Crimson's lone win came in the consolation final of the doubles B draw where Jonathan Pearlman and Will McNamee defeated Brown's Mike Hill and Andrew Yazmer 9-8.

At the Cornell Invitational, the Big Red won a pair of singles and doubles titles. In singles action, Spencer Clark defeated teammate Charles Quay 6-2, 6-2 to win the B flight, while Andy Gauthier defeated Duquesne's Aram Abgaryan 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 to win the A-2 flight. In doubles play, Mirza Klis and Evan McElwain defeated teammates Gauthier and Jeremy Feldman 9-8 to win the A flight, while Clark and Brett Cromwell defeated Navy's Heyward Drayton and Chris Kenney 8-4 to win the B draw.

At the 2010 Connecticut State Championships, Yale senior Jordan Abergel lost a close three-set match to Sacred Heart's Karill Kasyanov 4-6, 6-2, 10-1 in the singles final. The all-Yale semifinal between Abergel and junior Joel Samaha ended on a disappointing note when Samaha was forced to retire midway through the second set with the score 2-6, 5-4. Samaha and Patrick Chase made it to the semifinals in doubles before losing to eventual champions Erik Kremheller and Joe Michalisin of Fairfield.