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Saturday May 12, 2012Harvard defeats Virginia Tech, 4-3, in NCAA First Round

Gainesville, Fla.

The Harvard Crimson (23-2) used three singles wins and a late medical forfeit victory to defeat the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-12), 4-2, this afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.

 

Virginia Tech took the early lead after clinching the doubles point with victories at two and three. 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 six and five, respectively. Shaun Chuadhuri of the Crimson 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.

 

The Crimson advance to the NCAA Second Round where they will face the winner of the Florida/Navy match on Sunday at 2 p.m.   

 

Post-match Quotes

Harvard Head Coach Dave Fish

On the win…

 “Well I guess you can say the magical mystery tour continues. The guys keep getting their backs to the wall and then somehow they come with something that we’re not sure is there and then somehow it is there, so I’m really pleased with the guys. Our doubles was rusty today because Virginia Tech played real well and we’ve been in and out of exams so it’s been tough to practice everyone together so I thought the team showed great character to come back after losing a tough, hard fought doubles point. Virginia Tech played real well; I give them a lot of credit.”

 Comparing Last match against Hokies to today’s match…

“We didn’t really know what to expect because we felt we were lucky to win enough singles last time after we swept doubles so we figured taking four singles might be just too much to expect, but the guys came out hard.”

 

On Florida…

“Well we’ve played one team on that level, University of San Diego, and we hit it right that day. Florida’s great, they’re playing at home, 12th in the country, this is exactly when you want to take on a challenge like that. You get a match under your belt, used to the courts, it’s fun and we’re so excited to be at the NCAA’s, and as I said last match, this is the candy part of the season, they can go for this one, and I’d be proud of them anyway, so, let’s rock.”

 

 

NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships First Round

Harvard vs. Virginia Tech

Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex

Gainesville, Fla.

Saturday, May 12, 2011

 

Final Score: Harvard 4, Virginia Tech 2

 

Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3, 2*)

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

 

Singles (order of finish: 3, 6, 5, 4, 2*)

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

 

Updated Records: Harvard 23-2; Virginia Tech 11-12

NCAA Seeding: Harvard – 17-32; Virginia Tech – 33-48

ITA National Ranking: Harvard – 24; Virginia Tech - 45

 

 

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