Singles Run Ends for Harvard's Nguyen in Semifinal Loss at NCAA Tennis Championships
ATHENS, Ga. -- The sensational run in the singles bracket at the 2014 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships came to an end for Harvard junior Denis Nguyen with a three-set, semifinal loss on Sunday afternoon at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Nguyen came so close to pulling off his fifth-straight, straight-set win, capturing the first set 6-4, against Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian. Sarkissian needed a tiebreak to take the second set, 7-5, and then went on to grab his spot in the title match with a 6-2 victory in the third set.
With his five-day run at the NCAA Championships, Nguyen earned All-America accolades to become Harvard's first All-American since Jonathan Chu (singles and doubles) and Ashwin Kumar (doubles) in 2005. Chu advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 men's singles bracket, while James Blake made the Ivy League's deepest run in the modern era, earning a berth in the NCAA title match in 1999.