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May 22, 2014

Harvard's Nguyen in Highlights Second Day at NCAA Tennis Championships

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Men's Brackets: Singles | Doubles
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The season continues for Harvard junior Denis Nguyen as he stands as the lone Ivy remaining in the individual competition at the 2014 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships.

The 39th-ranked Nguyen was a straight-set winner for the second-straight day with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Duke's Fred Saba. South Carolina's Andrew Adams await Nguyen in a Friday Round of 16 match at 11 a.m. at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Anaheim, Calif., native almost pulled off a second victory on Thursday as he and senior Casey MacMaster pushed UCLA's Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald to third-set tiebreak before the Bruins pair prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.

In other men's singles action, Columbia junior Winston Lin dropped his second-round singles match to Vanderbilt's Gonzales Austin 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. Lin took the early lead on his opponent to win the opening set in a rematch of the No. 1 match from Columbia's May 11 victory on the Commodores' home courts. Austin fought back to even the match in the second and fought off Lin's momentum in the third to advance to the Round of 16.

The Lions' participants in the doubles competitions met similar setbacks in first-round action. The 12th-ranked pair of juniors Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Pepperdine's Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian before falling in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. On the women's side, the tandem of freshman Tina Jiang and junior Crystal Leung went toe-to-toe with North Carolina's third-seeded duo of Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb but the Tar Heels twosome escaped with a three-set victory, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.