Freshman Shaun Chaudhuri and the rest of the No. 16 Harvard men's tennis team is having a banner year after recording its 11th, 12th and 13th wins this past weekend at the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic. (Gil Talbot)
Harvard readies itself for its first home match since Feb. 11, when it hosts cross-town rival Boston College on Wednesday. The match between the Crimson and the Eagles is slated for 6 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard returns home after its California road swing when it competed in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic, held in San Diego, Calif. Harvard swept its competition defeating UC Irvine, 6-1, last Friday, while it downed San Diego State University, 4-3 and No. 23 University of San Diego, 4-2, on Saturday.
On Saturday Harvard battled through almost ten hours of tennis to come up victorious against two of the nation's top teams as the Crimson went 7-5 in singles competition and 2-1 in doubles play during those two matches. Senior Jon Pearlman while not recording a singles victory, fought through seven and a half hours of play as he competed in both singles and doubles competition to help the Crimson to its 12th and 13th wins of the year.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles enter the contest with a 4-7 record while being 0-5 in the ACC. Boston College is coming off an 0-2 mark this past weekend as it fell to Maryland, 6-1 and No. 3 Virginia, 7-0. Akash Muppidi has been the team's primary No. 1 player as he has recorded a 3-6 record from that position. Meanwhile the doubles team of Muppidi and Alex Skinner has been the Eagles most successful paring so far, as the duo has accrued a 4-1 mark.
Harvard enjoys an 8-0 advantage in the series against Boston College, which began in 1949. The last time these two teams played the Crimson downed the Eagles 5-2 in 2010. To make matters even more impressive for Harvard is that the Eagles have failed to score more than three points against the Crimson in any of its eight matches.
When trying to compare the Crimson and Eagles in 2012 a good litmus test might be in the results from a familiar foe to both squads. On Feb. 11 Harvard faced Virginia Tech at the Murr Center tennis courts and defeated the Hokies 4-3. Virgnia Tech then faced Boston College on Feb. 12 and took down the Eagles 6-1.
Movin' On Up
When the ITA rankings first came out on Jan. 3, Harvard was ranked No. 70, however since that time the Crimson have impressed the ITA pundits as the Crimson has risen 54 spots leading up today. Last Tuesday's ITA rankings had Harvard ranked at the No. 26, but after its defeat of No. 16 University of San Diego last Saturday, the Crimson launched up 10 spots to No. 16
Harvard is enjoying possibly its most successful season to date as the team has started the dual season 13-1. That is the best start it has ever had with that amount of wins. In 1966 the Crimson went undefeated (12-0) but the season ended with a singles tournament which was canceled and no other dual matches were played.
It's been well documented so far this season how impressive the class of 2015 has been, and as each week passes the list of contributions for its members continues to grow. While the early triumphs of Denis Nguyen, Alex Steinroeder and Herny Steer have been a reoccurring theme, just recently a new member of the class of 2015 has emerged as consistent contributor. Shaun Chaudhuri remains undefeated in singles play through 14 matches with a 14-0 mark.
Harvard has made a name for itself this season by defeating teams from the SEC and ACC and now you can cross of the West Coast Conference off that list as well. The Crimson recently downed No. 55 San Diego State Unviersity and the No 23 University of San Diego this past weekend at the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic. Harvard also owns wins over No. 41 Vanderbilt 4-3 and Virgnia Tech, winning 4-3.