Harvard Upsets No. 16 University of San Diego; Wins Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – In what was all told, nearly 10 hours of tennis, the Harvard men's tennis team proved victorious in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic, first defeating San Diego State University, 4-3 in the morning and upsetting No. 16, University of San Diego 4-2 on Friday night. In the championship match, it was freshman Alex Steinroeder's victory that was the deciding point out of the No. 5 spot to help the Crimson to improve to 13-1 this season.
In order to shorten the tournament time due to weather concerns, singles competition was played first and if the two squads remained tied at 3-3, doubles action would be the deciding factor. The Crimson freshmen proved stellar once again as it got wins out of the No. 4 through No.6 positions. Shaun Chaudhuri downed Thibaut Visy, 6-3, 6-4, while Henry Steer took down Andrew Carlisle, 6-0, 6-0 from the No. 6 spot and Steinroeder clinched the match from the No. 5 position against Ciaran Fitzgerald, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. Sophomore Christo Schultz continued his winning ways as well as he defeated Clark Spinosa, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. The Crimson prevailed against the Toreros, 4-2.
Jon Pearlman was considered an "iron man" for the Crimson as he competed in seven and a half hours of tennis between singles and doubles play between the two matches. Against the University of San Diego, Pearlman lost a tough bout against Patrick Pohlmann in the No. 1 position while freshman Denis Nguyen fell to Nikola Bubnic in the No. 2 spot.
Harvard concluded its California road swing and will now head home for a home match on March 21 against Boston College. Match is slated for 6 p.m.