Hoosiers Cream the Crimson, 5-2
Feb. 4, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis (4-2) handed No. 66 Harvard (4-1) its first loss of the season, knocking off the Crimson 5-2. The Hoosiers battled with the scrappy Ivy League foes, who tied the match at 2-2 before the Hoosiers took the last three points. No. 27 Indiana remains unbeaten at home this season in three matches.
In doubles, IU took all three matches for the point, with Isade Juneau and Jeremy Langer winning the match at number one in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (2). At number two, Alastair Barnes and Josh MacTaggart took down Andy and Denis Nguyen 8-6, and Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall won 8-5 over Alex Steinroeder and Jonathan Pearlman at number three.
In singles, Harvard struck first, taking a point at number five with Shaun Chaudhuri besting Barnes, 6-2, 6-3. About 15 minutes later, three matches finished consecutively to leave the matches at two and six to decide things.
Juneau struck back, winning 6-2, 6-4 at number one over Pearlman. Steinroeder tied things up at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at four over Dimitrije Tasic, and then Langer took the lead back for the Hoosiers, winning 6-3, 6-1 over Henry Steer at number three singles.
With the score at 3-2 in favor of the Hoosiers, Indiana was just starting third sets at number two and six singles. MacTaggart took the first set at number one (6-2) before Denis Nguyen battled back to take set two (6-4). Alistair Felton won set one (6-4) over Vogl at six, but Vogl turned the tide with a 6-4 win of his own in the second.
Vogl and MacTaggart both took charge in their third sets. Vogl finished off Felton quickly, taking the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. MacTaggart wasn't far behind, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, hosting Vanderbilt at noon and Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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