Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien plays in his final Ivy League match for the Crimson Wednesday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's tennis team heads to Hanover, N.H., Wednesday for both teams' regular season Ivy League finale. The match is set to kick off at 3 p.m.
In 74 meetings, Harvard has lost to Dartmouth just seven times, holding a 67-7 series lead. The Crimson has won 19 straight matches against the Big Green dating to 1994. Only twice in that 19-match streak has Harvard won by the close score of 4-3, and six times it has registered a 7-0 sweep.
Harvard (14-10, 3-3 Ivy League) split its two Ivy League matches for the third straight week Friday and Sunday to sit at 3-3 in league play heading into the final contest of the regular season. The Crimson's doubles group got back to its winning ways, taking the point against Yale and Brown over the weekend. The duo of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen earned back-to-back victories to push its 2010-11 win total to 22.
The Big Green (13-6, 4-2 Ivy League) has won three straight Ivy League matches after opening the league season at 1-2 and sits in third place this week. Dartmouth equaled Harvard's performance against the teams' only shared non-conference opponent this season with a 7-0 sweep of Boston University March 5.
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Harvard split two historic meetings with Ancient Eight rivals last week, winning the 90th match against Yale, 5-2, Friday before being edged by Brown Sunday in the teams' 80th matchup, 4-3. Momentum carried against Yale from doubles to singles play, as the players who won their doubles matches also won their singles contests to help the Crimson defeat the Bulldogs. Brown's win over Harvard was the Bears' first in five years and seven tries with the 4-3 come-from-behind decision.
With the regular season wrapped up, Harvard will await the announcement of participants for the 2011 NCAA men's tennis championship. The first and second rounds in regionals will be held May 12-14 at campus sites to be determined. The Championship will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., May 19-29.