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Harvard Advances, Columbia Falls in NCAA Men's Tennis Championship First Round

Harvard's Denis Nguyen

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

Harvard fought from two points down to earn a tough 4-2 victory over Virginia Tech while Columbia fell 4-0 to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship.

The Crimson moves on to play host Florida in the second round Sunday at 2 p.m. With the loss, the Lions conclude their season with an 18-5 overall record.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Harvard (23-2) used three singles wins and a late medical forfeit victory to defeat Virginia Tech (11-12), 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.
 
Virginia Tech took the early lead after clinching the doubles point with victories at Nos. 2 and 3 spots. The Hokies extended their lead to 2-0 with a win by Patrick Daciek at No. 3 singles. Harvard bounced with straight set victories from Andy Nguyen and Alex Steinroeder at No. 6 and No. 5, respectively. Shaun Chuadhuri then took a hard-fought, three-set victory to give Harvard a 3-2 lead. The Crimson closed out the match when Virginia Tech's Lucas Oliveira had to withdrawl due to cramping.

Harvard 4, Virginia Tech 2
 
Doubles
1. Felton/MacMaster (Harvard) def. #48 Tocci/Somen (VT), 8-5
2. Daciek/Oliveira (VT) def. Pearlman/Schultz (Harvard), 8-6
3. Koontz/Kujundzic (VT) def. A.Nguyen/D.Nguyen (Harvard), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*
 
Singles
1. Jonathan Pearlman (Harvard) v. #48 Luka Somen (VT), DNF (4-6, 6-2, 0-4)
2. Denis Nguyen (Harvard) def. Lucas Oliveira (VT), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 4-1 w/d injured
3. Patrick Daciek (VT) def. Christo Schultz (Harvard), 6-0, 6-2
4. Shaun Chuadhuri (Harvard) def. Corrado Degl'Incerti Tocci (VT), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
5. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard) def. Mauricio Antun (VT), 6-2, 6-2
6. Andy Nguyen (Harvard) def. Trpimir Kujundzic (VT), 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 6, 5, 4, 2*

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Columbia men's tennis team dropped a tough match in the first round of the NCAA tournament, as the Lions fell to #31 Virginia Commonwealth, 4-0. The Rams won the doubles point by a close margin, and that proved to be the difference in the match.

Columbia had the first advantage in the doubles point, as junior Nathaniel Gery and senior Rajeev Deb-Sen had an easy win over VCU's Jaime Vazquez and Alejandro Argente in the No.3 spot, 8-4. VCU evened the score seconds later, however, as Filip Svensson and Max Wennakoski beat senior Haig Schneiderman and first-year Winston Lin, 8-2 in the No. 2 spot.

The doubles point came down to the No. 1 spot, where first-years Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur had an early lead over #63 Alexis Heugas and Antone Baroz. The Rams rallied, however, forcing a tiebreaker, where they managed to eke out a 7-4 win, taking the match, 9-8(4), and giving the Rams the early 1-0 lead in the team match.

Singles started with promise, as Columbia had first set wins at No.1,2 and 3. But VCU's strength at the bottom of the lineup was what did the Lions in. The Rams had their first win at No.4, where Baroz beat Narayana, 7-5, 6-2, to go up 2-0 in the team match. Just minutes later, the Rams were up 3-0, as Argente beat first-year =Bert Vancura in the No.5 spot, 6-2, 6-3. VCU was one point away from clinching the win, and got it in the No.6 spot, where Jaime Vasquez beat sophomore Tizian Bucher, 7-6(3), 6-0.

With the team match decided, the remaining matches were suspended. Lin had a lead over #89 Heugas after winning the first set, 7-6(4), Lin was up 3-2 when the match was called. Schneiderman had won the first set at No.2, 7-6(5), and was down 4-2 in the second when play was suspended, and Gery split with Svensson, winning the first set, 6-4, before falling in the second, 6-4.

Virginia Commonwealth 4, Columbia 0

Doubles
1. #63 Alexis Heugas/Antone Baroz (VCU) def. Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (COL) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Filip Svensson/Max Wennakoski (VCU) def. Haig Schneiderman/Winston Lin (COL) 8-2
3. Nathaniel Gery/Rajeev Deb-Sen (COL) def. Jaime Vazquez/Alejandro Argente (VCU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*

Singles

1. #89 Alexis Heugas (VCU) vs. Winston Lin (COL) 6-7 (4-7), 2-3, unfinished
2. Max Wennakoski (VCU) vs. #107 Haig Schneiderman (COL) 6-7 (5-7), 4-2, unfinished
3. Filip Svensson (VCU) vs. Nathaniel Gery (COL) 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
4. Antone Baroz (VCU) def. Ashok Narayana (COL) 7-5, 6-2
5. Alejandro Argente (VCU) def. Bert Vancura (COL) 6-2, 6-3
6. Jaime Vazquez (VCU) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6*


*Clinched victory