Ephs fall to Harvard 7-0 in First Match of the Season in San Diego

Deepak Indrakanti '19
Deepak Indrakanti '19

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Williams (ranked 5th in NCAA DIII) and Harvard (ranked 34th in NCAA DI) opened their west coast spring training trips with a dual match this afternoon at the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club with Harvard recording a 7-0 win.

Today's match was played according to the NCAA Division I scoring system whereby the team winning the doubles matches either 2-1 or 3-0 would earn one team point. Total number of team points to be won would be seven and thus the team winning four or more points on the day would secure the win.

Prior to today the Crimson and Ephs last met in 1978 with Harvard prevailing 6-3. The Ephs' last win over Harvard came on May 10, 1955 in Williamstown when they posted a 5 ½ - 3 ½ victory.

Harvard entered today's match having compiled an 8-4 record during the fall campaign, while the Ephs were playing their first dual match of 2018-19. Eph head coach Dan Greenberg utilizes the fall portion of his schedule to assess his players at tournaments that are not scored by team using that process to establish his spring lineup.

Harvard swept the three doubles matches and took a 1-0 lead into the six singles matches that were each worth one point in the team score.

In singles play Harvard won all six matches with three of the matches going to three sets. Ephs Ananth Raghavan, Deepak Indrakanti, and Calvin Chung extended their matches to three games, playing 4-6 in the lineup and Noah Reich won an exhibition match.

"Good first match for us," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "Not our best tennis or results, but we got to play a very good opponent and push them at a couple spots."

The Ephs will remain in San Diego , where on Wednesday they will play at Point Loma Nazarene in a match slated to start at 3:00 PM PST.

Results

Doubles

1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber (H) def. Alex Taylor/Peter Frelinghuysen (W) – 6-3

2. Christopher Morrow/Brian Shi (H) def. Calvin Chung/Arturo Kam (W) – 6-4

3. Harris Walker/Steven Sun (H) def. Deepak Indrakanti/Austin Barr (W) – 7-6 (7)

Singles

1. Andy Zhou (H) def. Arturo Kam (W) – 6-3, 6-0

2. Brian Shi (H) def. Austin Barr (W) – 6-4, 6-3

3. Harris Walker (H) def. Ananth Raghavan (W) – 2-6, 7-5, 6-0

4. Steven Sun (H) def. Deepak Indrakanti (W) – 6-0, 5-7, 6-1

5. Lane Leschley (H) def. Calvin Chung (W) – 3-6, 7-6, 3-2 (ret.)

6. Andrew Ball (H) def. Alex Taylor (W) – 6-1, 6-4

Ex. Galen Lee (H) def. Peter Frelinghuysen (W) – 6-4, 6-2

Ex. Noah Reich (W) def. Christopher Morrow (H) – 8-7

Ex. Samuel Beren (H) def. Kirun Cheung (W) – 8-2