No. 24 Men's Tennis Hosts No. 22 Memphis, No. 29 Northwestern, Boston University in Busy Weekend
Denis Nguyen is ranked No. 41 in singles in the most recent ITA national rankings (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's tennis team returns home from the ECAC Team Championships last weekend and gears up to host Northwestern Friday and Memphis/Boston University in a doubleheader Sunday.
We'll Do It Live!
For the first time in the history of the Harvard men's tennis program, the team will offer live web streaming of select home matches for the 2014 spring season. The Crimson has the capability to stream home matches that take place in the Murr Center Tennis Courts.
The matches will be streamed live in HD quality on the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.
For those looking to purchase a subscription to the Ivy League Digital Network, click here.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men set out to conquer the field at the ECAC Team Championships and returned home in second place, topping Penn, 4-1 and shutting out Cornell, 4-0. The Crimson fell to second-seeded Columbia Monday in a 4-0 decision, snapping its four-match win streak.
Freshman Andrew Ball played almost flawlessly, delivering both final blows against Penn's Marshall Sharp, 6-1, 6-5, and Cornell's Chris Vrabel 6-2, 6-5 (5) at fifth singles. Ball's match on Saturday marked the third time in four games that he delivered the match clinching point. Monday, Ball battled hard against Columbia's Bert Vancura but fell on the fifth court 6-1, 6-4.
No. 24 Harvard holds a 4-3 record in dual matches this season. The Crimson's four wins came in a streak from Feb. 8-16, but the streak was snapped on President's Day by Columbia in Harvard's final ECAC Team Championship match.
Denis Nguyen, Harvard's top singles player and the No. 41-ranked singles player in the country, has been stellar in the top spot this season, compiling a 4-0 record in matches that have reached a decision. Ball has buoyed Harvard at the fifth spot with a 3-1 mark, while Alex Steinroeder has chipped in a pair of wins at No. 5 for the Crimson. Freshman Sebastian Beltrame has been strong on the fourth court, posting a 2-0 mark in that position in dual matches.
In The Rankings
Harvard moved up in the ITA rankings from No. 25 to No. 24 after the ECAC Team Championships last weekend:
Jan. 2 - No. 27
Jan. 21 - Tied for No. 26 with University of Michigan
Jan. 29 - Tied for No. 24 with Clemson University
Feb. 4 - No. 25
Feb. 18 - No. 24
As of Feb. 11, Harvard singles player, Dennis Nguyen ranks 41st in the ITA followed by Sebastian Beltrame at 96th and Shaun Chaudhuri at 103rd. In doubles, Dennis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster rank 14th in the country.
The Northwestern men's tennis team holds an 8-3 record in matches this season with a 2-1 record on the road. The Wildcats defeated No. 56 Middle Tennessee State last weekend in Tennessee with a 4-3 victory. Northwestern has seen its longest win-streak at the very top of the season spanning four games: Jan. 17, a doubleheader Jan. 19 and Jan. 25.
Senior Raleigh Smith will be one to watch for on the first singles court as he is 5-2 this season in matches and holds a four-game win streak, the longest on his team in 2013-14. One of Smith's doubles partners, Strong Kirchheimer, is tied for most wins this season in doubles matches with nine, next to freshman Alp Horoz.
The last time Harvard met Northwestern was Feb. 9, 2013 with the Crimson taking the 'W' with a 4-3 victory. The Crimson holds a 6-5 record against Northwestern in the teams' lifetime series.
The Memphis Tigers enter Sunday's match against Harvard with a 3-2 record. The team's two-game win streak is the result of a doubleheader victory on Jan. 31 at home against Chattanooga and Murray State, both 7-0 wins. The Tigers have not won a game on the road yet this season but are undefeated at home.
The Tiger doubles tandem of Ian Chadwell and Johnny Grimal are currently on an eight-match win streak, undefeated this season, 5-0 in dual matches on the third court and 3-0 in tournament play. Memphis has two other doubles pairs that have gone undefeated this season, David O'Hare and Jarryd Woog (3-0) and David O'Leary and Joe Salisbury (2-0).
Sunday will mark the first time Memphis and Harvard have ever matched up against one another.
Scouting Boston University
The Boston University Terriers hold a 2-4 record this season with a 1-2 record on the road. The Terriers are coming off a 7-0 win at home Feb. 16 against Merrimack.
Freshman Jay Leelavanich from Canoga Park, Calif., holds a 10-1 overall record this season in singles matches. Leelavanich is undefeated with a 7-0 mark in tournament matches and a holds a 3-1 dual match record this season.
Boston University Series
The Crimson is undefeated in its lifetime series against Boston University at 10-0. Harvard last saw Boston University March 3, 2013 in a 6-1 victory over the Terriers.
Harvard faces off against Michigan State and Bryant March 8 in its second doubleheader at the Murr Center this season.