Harvard Hosts Big Ten Teams in First Duals of 2011

Sophomore Joshua Tchan saw action in singles and doubles at last week's Harvard Winter Classic (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard hosts two Big Ten Conference members in Northwestern and Purdue at the Murr Center Tennis Courts Friday and Saturday for its first dual matches of the 2011 season.

Series History
Northwestern leads the all-time series with Harvard, 4-3. The Wildcats have won three consecutive duals against the Crimson, last sweeping them, 7-0, in 2009. Harvard's most recent win in the series was a 5-2 victory in 2005.

Purdue holds a 3-2 all-time advantage over the Crimson, including taking last year's matchup, 4-3. The teams first met in 2002 with a 6-1 Harvard victory. The Crimson would win again by that same score in 2008.

About Harvard
The Harvard men's tennis team began the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation and holds onto that ranking this week. The Crimson doubles team of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen began the spring ranked No. 46.

About Northwestern
The No. 59 Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start this spring after picking up two 6-1 victories over Ball State and Illinois-Chicago Jan. 16. Northwestern swept the doubles and lost one singles match at the No. 2 spot against the Flames, while winning two of three doubles matches for the point there and faltering at the No. 3 singles slot.

About Purdue
The Boilermakers suffered their first dual loss of the season Jan. 22, 4-3 to Western Michigan, in the nightcap of a doubleheader that also included IUPUI. Purdue won its opener against the Jaguars, 6-1. Purdue claimed the doubles point after winning on all three courts and won all but the No. 2 singles match en route to opening the spring with the victory.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's tennis team went 12-5 in doubles and posted a 16-16 mark in singles over three days at the Harvard Winter Classic to open its 2011 spring slate. Junior Jonathan Pearlman was named the singles champion after finishing play with a 3-0 record, while the doubles duo of Felton and Nguyen took the doubles title with a 2-0 mark

Up Next
The Crimson hosts another Big Ten Conference member at 5 p.m. Feb. 4 on the Murr Center Tennis Courts, this time facing No. 46 Indiana.