Senior Jon Pearlman will look to help keep Harvard at the top of the Ivy League standings as Harvard faces off against Yale and Brown this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
The No. 24 Harvard men's tennis team will welcome rival Yale to the Beren Tennis Center on Friday afternoon as Harvard looks to stay atop the Ivy League standings. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard rebounded nicely after falling against Columbia the weekend prior, as it downed Penn and Princeton at the Beren Tennis Center this past weekend. The Crimson beat Penn on Saturday, 6-1, while it defeated Princeton, 5-2, on Sunday.
Harvard was dominant against the Quakers sweeping doubles competition, 3-0, as the teams of Alistair Felton and Casey Macmaster, Christo Schultz and Jon Pearlman and Denis Nguyen and Andy Nguyen all proved victorious. In singles play the Crimson went an impressive 5-1 against the Quakers as Harvard got wins from Pearlman, Nguyen, Shaun Chaudhuri, Alex Steinroeder, and Henry Steer to help secure the win.
The scene was familiar on Sunday as Harvard took the doubles point by sweeping the competition for the second-straight match. Entering singles play up 1-0, Harvard went to work, getting wins from Nguyen, Chaudhuri, Steinroeder and Steer, helping Harvard secure a 5-2 victory over the Tigers.
Scouting No. 73 Yale
The Bulldogs enter the contest 13-8 overall and 2-2 in conference. Yale opened Ancient Eight play with a win against Penn, 5-2. Since then the Bulldogs have had varied results as the team has gone 1-2 falling to Princeton, 4-3, defeating Columbia, 4-3, and losing to Cornell, 4-3. John Huang, who has played out of the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in conference play has gone a sterling 4-0 during those matches.
Scouting No. 51 Brown
The Bears opened up Ivy League play 0-2 after tough losses to Princeton and Penn, both by 4-3 scores. They have since reeled off two Ancient Eight victories to even their mark at 2-2 after downing Cornell and Columbia, 4-3, and 5-2, respectively.
Harvard holds the series edge against Yale, 63-26, since the series first started in 1925. The Crimson has enjoyed much of the success as of late, as the squad has recorded 10-straight victories against the Bulldogs. The last two contests have been tight as the Crimson escaped those matches with 4-3 wins.
The Crimson has been much more dominant against brown in its history as the program has gone 73-7 against the Bears. While it has annually done poorly against the Crimson, Brown does enter the contest having won the last meeting in 2011, defeating Harvard 4-3.
Rank and File
Harvard maintained its position in the top 25 as it won two games against Ivy League opponents this weekend. The Crimson, who hold impressive victories over No. 19 San Diego and No. 43 Vanderbilt came in No. 24 for the second straight week. The team of Senior Alistair Felton and Casey MacMaster were featured as the No. 51 team in the nation sporting a 12-6 dual mark while having gone 19-8 overall this season.
Harvard is enjoying possibly its most successful season to date as the team has started the dual season 19-3. It has already matched the win total set back in 1985 as that squad went 19-7. If Harvard is able to win its next three matches it can tie the program's second-highest win total of 22, set back in 2004.
The Crimson has received tremendous production out of its singles players this season and the stats show it. Five of its starting six have reached double-digit wins in dual matches this season. Denis Nguyen (11-4), Christo Schultz (12-5), Shuan Chaudhuri (20-1), Alex Steinroeder (13-4) and Henry Steer (15-4) have all gotten to the 10-win plateau.