ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard men's tennis team (9-1) fell to Cornell (6-1), 4-1, in the finals of the ECAC Championships for its first loss of the season.
The Crimson got out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to doubles victories in the second and third doubles positions. The pairing of Sun/Walker earned the first victory on the day, defeating Kazakov/Soyfer 6-1. Sealing the doubles point for Harvard was von der Schulenburg/Wrzesinski who defeated their opponents 6-4.
In singles play, first-year Henry von der Schulenburg defeated Lev Kazakov 6-3 in the first set, but would ultimately drop sets two and three for his first loss of the season. Sophomores Harris Walker and Steven Sun were each tied at one set in their matches at the fourth and sixth singles positions, respectively, when Cornell earned the victory.
Regarding the match, the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb stated, "Hats off to Cornell. They played lights out at every position. They deserved the title today. I'm so proud of our boys and their start to the season. This is a resilient and tough bunch. We are looking forward to getting back to work and putting these lessons to good use."
- With an unfinished match, Walker still maintains his undefeated records of 8-0 on the season.
- Harvard still holds a dominant 61-16 series lead over the Big Red.
The Crimson will return home to face Northwestern and Boston University on Sunday, Feb. 23. Harvard will play Northwestern at 11 a.m. and Boston University at 6 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN3.
1. Eero Vasa def. No. 59 Ronan Jachuck, 6-3, 6-4
2. Alafia Ayeni def. Brian Shi, 7-6(4), 7-5
3. Lev Kazakov def. Henry von der Schulenburg, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Harris Walker vs. Evan Bynoe, 7-5, 6-7(3), 2-2 DNF
5. Pietro Rimondini def. Robert Wrzesinski, 6-2, 6-2
6. Steven Sun vs. Daniel Soyfer, 6-2, 6-7(5), 2-4 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3, 2*
1. Ayeni/Vasa def. Jachuck/Shi, 6-2
2. Sun/Walker def. Kazakov/Soyfer, 6-1
3. von der Schulenburg/Wrzesinski def. Bynoe/Rimondini, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3