Feb. 21, 2014
Cambridge, MASS. -- The Wildcats went down to the wire at No. 24 Harvard, but the Crimson ultimately came away with the Friday night win 4-3. The match was decided in a third-set tiebreaker in the very last singles match.
Northwestern won the doubles point to jump first on the board. Freshman Strong Kirchheimer and sophomore Fedor Baev won 8-6 at No. 3, and senior Raleigh Smith and sophomore Mihir Kumar upset the No. 14 team of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster 8-6 at No. 1.
No. 81 freshman Sam Shropshire added another Wildcat point at No. 2 in singles, where he beat No. 103 Shaun Chaudhuri 6-1, 6-3. Harvard then evened the score at No. 6 and No. 1, as Andrew Ball took down Baev 6-4, 6-2, and No. 41 Nguyen defeated Smith 7-6, 6-2 respectively.
The rest of the singles matches went to three sets. Sophomore Mihir Kumar put the `Cats up 3-2 at No. 3 when he rallied back from dropping the first set to beat No. 96 Sebastian Beltrame 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. However, Horoz fell 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to Steinroeder at No. 5 to knot the score again.
The deciding match at No. 4 was very close. Kirchheimer had won the first set but dropped the second to Brian Yeung. The third set was a fierce back and forth that went to a tiebraker, but Yeung emerged victorious to win the match for the Crimson.
Northwestern comes back to Evanston on Sunday to take on No. 27 North Carolina State at noon and Valparaiso at 7 p.m.
#24 Harvard 4, #29 Northwestern 3
1. Raleigh Smith / Mihir Kumar (NU) def. #14 Casey MacMaster / Denis Nguyen (HAR) 8-6
2. Brian Yeung / Nicky Hu (HAR) def. Sam Shropshire / Alp Horoz (NU) 8-7
3. Fedor Baev / Strong Kirchheimer (NU) vs. Alex Steinroeder / Kelvin Lam (HAR) 8-6
Order of finish: n/a
1. #41 Denis Nguyen (HAR) def. #111 Raleigh Smith
(NU) 7-6, 6-2
2. #81 Sam Shropshire
(NU) def. # 103 Shaun Chaudhuri (HAR) 6-1, 6-3
3. Mihir Kumar
(NU) def. #96 Sebastian Beltrame (HAR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Brian Yeung (HAR) def. Strong Kirchheimer
(NU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6
5. Alex Steinroeder (HAR) def. Alp Horoz
(NU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
6. Andrew Ball (HAR) def. Fedor Baev
(NU) 6-4, 6-2 Order of finish:
2, 6, 1, 3, 5, 4*
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