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Dartmouth Loses at Harvard, 4-3, in Last Match of the Year

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Senior Michael Laser     By Mark Washburn
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The 49th-ranked Dartmouth men's tennis team lost at 23rd-ranked Harvard on Saturday, 4-3. The Big Green entered the match with an opportunity to share the Ivy League Championship, but with the victory the Crimson won the title outright. Dartmouth fell to 18-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference. Harvard improved to 22-2 and 6-1 in the league.

The Big Green started the match by coming back to win the doubles points. The Crimson served for the match at both the first and second spots, but Dartmouth responded with breaking serve and winning the matches in tiebreakers. Senior Michael Laser (Glencoe, Ill.) and junior Alex de Chatellus (Tiburon, Calif.) won at the top spot and junior Xander Centenari (Towson, Md.) and sophomore Brandon DeBot (Stevens Point, Wis.) earned a victory in the second spot.

In singles, sophomore Cameron Ghorbani (Lexington, Mass.) won at the third spot and DeBot took his match in the sixth position. The match came down to the second singles spot and Denis Nguyen outlasted Laser to win the match for Harvard.

It ended a great season for the Dartmouth who set a new single-season wins record with 18. Listed below are quotes from head coach Chris Drake following the match.

On the doubles point:
"It was the best comeback in a doubles point that I have ever seen. We were way down the whole way, but just as they have done all year our guys continued to fight and somehow turned the tide. Our fans that traveled down for the match really helped spur us on as well."

On the match:
"Congratulations to Harvard on a great season. The team deserves its top 25 ranking and of the Ivy title. I am extremely proud of our effort today and we showed that we can compete and win at this level. Our guys were not intimidated, and they gave everything they had. They put themselves in a position to win against a great team. I couldn't ask for anything more. I also want to thank all of our fans that came down to support us. It really felt like a home match in Cambridge. It was an amazing atmosphere and it's a testament to Dartmouth, our team and our fans that we could have such a great showing for the match. Thank you!"

On our season and this team:
"This team accomplished great things this year. They set the single season record for wins in a season and the highest national ranking for the program (#49). It is a special group that has made Dartmouth a force to be reckoned with not only in the Ivy League but nationally as well. They raised the bar for our expectations again this year, and have us in position to raise it again next year."

1. Pearlman (Harvard) def. Centenari: 6-1, 6-0
2. D. Nguyen (Harvard) def. Laser: 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
3. Ghorbani def. Schultz (Harvard): 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Chaudhuri (Harvard) def. Kipouras: 6-2, 6-3
5. Steinroeder (Harvard) def. Ho: 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. DeBot def. Steer (Harvard): 7-5, 6-4

1. Laser/DeChatellus def. #66 Felton/MacMaster (Harvard): 9-8
2. Centenari/DeBot def. Schultz/Pearlman (Harvard): 9-8
3. Nguyen/Nguyen (Harvard) def. Jacobs/Ghorbani: 8-1