Harvard defeats St. John's 5-2 and begins Ivy Campaign this weekend in New York:
Last weekend the Crimson Netters concluded their non-conference play with a 6-1 win against the Binghampton Bearcats and a hard-fought 5-2 victory against St. John's. The Red Storm of St. John's was ranked #51 in the country and was one of the best teams we've faced all year. They were led by their star player, Vaska Mladenov, from Bulgaria (via a stop at UTexas before transferring), who won the ITA Region I Chps last fall. Five of the six starters for St. John's had transferred from other colleges and hailed from all over the globe (Serbia, Romania, Luxembourg…). The Crimson swept the doubles in quick fashion before settling into a war of the worlds in singles. Five of the six matches went the full three sets. Only frosh Denis Nguyen was able to win straight sets with a high-octane performance against Milos Hauk at #2 singles. The other freshman also earned wins: Shaun Chaudhuri at #4, Alex Steinroeder at #5 and Henry Steer at #6, giving us the 5-2 advantage.
This weekend, Harvard begins the battle for the Ancient Eight when it takes on Cornell at 2pm on Saturday in Ithaca before heading to NYC to face off against the Columbia Lions at 2pm on Easter Sunday. Columbia has been on a tear, defeating St. John's recently by the same 5-2 score. If you are in the NY metro area, bring your family to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center to cheer on the Crimson.
Best wishes for Passover and Easter from the Harvard Tennis Team.
E. Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
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