Senior Alexei Chijoff-Evans is unbeaten (1-0) at the No. 1 singles spot this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
After taking a week off, the Harvard men's tennis team heads out on the road for the first time this season to take on Ball State and No. 15 Louisville, Saturday and Sunday.
Ball State and the Crimson have met only once, a match that went to Harvard by a 5-2 score in 1994.
Louisville narrowly defeated Harvard, 4-3, in the teams' only meeting in 2005.
Sophomore Andy Nguyen and freshman Casey MacMaster have been impressive in singles for the Crimson (5-5) during the dual season this spring. MacMaster won four straight matches after debuting against Boston University, before suffering his first setback against Cornell. Nguyen is 5-2 in duals this spring, playing at least once in each spot from No. 3 to No. 6.
About Ball State
The Cardinals are 8-2 this season after sweeping a doubleheader against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Dayton Feb. 20. The team opened its season with a 6-1 loss against Northwestern, the same score the Crimson fell by against the Wildcats.
No. 15 Louisville (8-5) fell three spots in the national rankings this week after losing its fifth-straight match Feb. 27 at Ohio State. The Cardinals began the season on an eight-match win streak before falling into their recent slump.
Last Time Out
The Crimson entered the ECAC Indoor Championship Feb. 19-21 on a three-match winning streak and looking to defend its back-to-back titles from the last two years. After a 4-3 edging of Brown in the first round, Harvard fell, 5-2, to Cornell in the semifinals and lost, 6-1, to Princeton in the third-place game to finish fourth.
Harvard will return home to the Murr Center Tennis Courts to host Binghamton in a 5 p.m. dual March 11.