Indiana, Louisville, Boston University On Tap For No. 23 Men's Tennis This Weekend
Andy Nguyen has the most singles and doubles wins for the Crimson in dual action (Gil Talbot).
After a two-week break, the Harvard men's tennis team gets back at it with three home matches in two days. The Crimson hosts Indiana Saturday and takes on Louisville and local foe Boston University Sunday.
Last Time Out
In its final day of competition at the ECAC Men's Indoor Championships, the Crimson ended on a high note, knocking off Princeton, 4-3, to claim third place.
The teams started the match with singles competition and the Crimson and Tigers showed they were evenly matched. Matija Pecotic turned in the first victory of the day at first singles, besting Harvard's Shaun Chaudhuri, 6-0, 6-2, to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Casey MacMaster answered back on the fifth court, polishing off Jonathan Carcione, 7-6 (2), 6-2, and Nicky Hu put Harvard up 2-1 with a 7-6 (6), 6-0 win over Dan Richardson at fourth singles. Zack McCourt earned a hard-fought win on the second court over Alex Steinroeder, edging out the sophomore in a first set tiebreaker to claim a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory. Andy Nguyen grabbed a three-set win over Spindler, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, at third singles, but Kelvin Lam's 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 loss at No. 6 meant the match would be decided in doubles.
Senior captain Andy Nguyen and freshman Nicky Hu took care of business on the first court, playing a spot up from their usual No. 2 doubles slot. The pair took down Matija Pecotic and Zack McCourt, 8-3, and Casey MacMaster and Kelvin Lam's 8-6 win over Matt Spindler and Dan Davies at No. 2 sealed the doubles point and the match for the Crimson.
About The Crimson
Harvard enters the weekend having captured victories in four of its last five matches and holds its highest ranking of the season at No. 23. The doubles teams have been solid for Harvard this year, combining to post a 15-10 record in dual match play. The Crimson has also been strong at the back end of the singles lineup, posting a combined record of 14-10 at the fourth through sixth positions.
Senior captain Andy Nguyen has been leading by example through 10 dual matches this season. He enters the weekend with a team-best 6-1 mark in singles, including a perfect 2-0 record at No. 3. Fellow captain Casey MacMaster holds a 4-2 mark in singles, with wins at the fourth, fifth and sixth slots. Alex Steinroeder also enters the weekend with four singles wins to his credit.
Andy Nguyen and freshman Nicky Hu have shown great chemistry as a doubles team, playing primarily in the second position and teaming for a 5-2 dual match record. MacMaster and Denis Nguyen are a perfect 3-0 at first doubles, and the team of Steinroeder and Shaun Chaudhuri also has three wins this season.
While the Hoosiers got off to a tough start to their dual season, they enter the showdown with Harvard as winners of five of their last six matches. In three, two-match days from Feb. 1-9, Indiana recorded a trio of 6-1 victories and a 7-0 win over Eastern Kentucky. In its most recent action, the Hoosiers dropped a 5-2 decision to Vanderbilt, a team the Crimson edged out, 4-3, Feb. 10.
Isade Juneau has seen the bulk of the time at the top singles position for Indiana and has fared well, posting a 6-2 record. Sam Monette has played in the second and third singles slots and has an impressive 9-2 mark in dual action this season. Juneau and Monette team to form Indiana's top doubles tandem, and the pair has a perfect 7-0 record in dual match play. Chris Essick and Dimitrije Tasic are a dangerous combination at No. 3, recording seven wins at that position.
While the Cardinals have yet to lose at home (5-0), road matches have been tough in the dual season, as the team enters the Harvard matchup with an 8-6 overall record. Louisville comes to Cambridge with wins in four of its last five matches, including a 4-3 win over Virginia Tech on the road in its last action.
Chris Simich highlights the Cardinals' singles lineup, playing primarily at the second and third positions and boasting an 8-4 record in dual match play. Alex Gornet has won matches at fourth, fifth and sixth singles, and his six singles wins ranks second on the team. Gornet has joined Albert Wagner on nine occasions this spring to form the No. 1 doubles team, and the two hold the team's best doubles record at 6-3.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers have raced out to a 4-0 start in their dual season, but will face Army before seeing the Crimson Sunday. A 6-1 win over Hartford kicked off their dual match slate and 7-0 wins over Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac and a 6-1 win over Bryant account for the quartet of BU victories.
As a team, the Terriers are a combined 22-2 in singles play through four matches, and are undefeated at all but the top two singles slots. Stefan Lemire and Emilio Teran lead all players with four singles wins each on the year, while Jesse Frieder, Josh Friedman and Channon Varapongsittikul each have three victories. Frieder and Teran form the No. 2 doubles team and boast a 3-0 mark, while Lemire and Michael Kopelman have won three of three matches at No. 3 doubles.
The Crimson wings west for its spring break trip March 21-23, when it will take part in the Mission Valley Spring Classic in San Diego, Calif.