Brown, Yale on Tap For No. 34 Men’s Tennis This Weekend
Entering the weekend on a three-match win streak, the 34th-ranked Harvard Crimson (14-6, 3-1 Ivy) will travel to Providence, to take on Brown Friday April 18, before returning home to host Yale Sunday, April 20.
Harvard and Brown will square off for the 84th time in program history Friday afternoon in Providence. The Crimson leads the series, which dates back to 1929, 75-8. Despite dropping a, 4-3, decision to the Bears a season ago, the Crimson took both meetings in 2012, 4-1 and 4-3.
The Crimson is 66-26 all-time against the Bulldogs since the two programs began competing in 1925. After a 4-3 defeat in 2002, the Crimson has not lost to Yale in the last 14 meetings. Last season, the Crimson swept the doubles point before Kelvin Lam and Shaun Chadhuri picked up points for Harvard. Nicky Hu clinched the match with a win in the fifth position to give Harvard a share of the Ivy League title. Yale got on the board with three-set wins on singles courts one and three.
Last Time Out
Harvard downed Penn and Princeton on its home courts last weekend. The Crimson blanked then No. 59 Princeton, 4-0 and topped Penn, 4-0, a day later.
Harvard jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead behind doubles wins from Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung on court two and Christo Schultz and Sebastian Beltrame in the third position. In singles play, the Crimson took three courts as Alex Steinroeder, Yeung and Andrew Ball earned straight-set victories to help secure the win.
The scene was familiar on Sunday as Harvard claimed the doubles point with wins from Hu and Yeung and Schultz and Beltrame. In singles play, the Crimson went an impressive 3-0 against the Quakers as Harvard got wins from Nguyen on court one, Chaudhuri in the third position and Yeung on court five.
About the Crimson
Harvard sits tied for second with Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings with a 3-1 conference record, behind unbeaten Columbia (18-1, 5-0). The Crimson is in the midst of a three-match win streak after defeating then No. 59 Princeton and Penn at the Murr Center last weekend.
Denis Nguyen, the 40th-ranked played in the ITA singles poll, is 19-3 overall and 9-3 from the No. 1 position to lead the Crimson. Sebastian Beltrame is 4-3 from the second position, while Shaun Chaudhuri owns a 5-2 record out of the third spot. Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster come in a No. 11 in the national doubles rankings and are 7-8 overall and 1-2 in Ivy doubles action. Brian Yeung and Nicky Hu, the No. 72-ranked pair, team up to own a 10-6 overall record and a 3-1 mark in Ivy action.
As a team, Harvard has compiled a 3-1 edge in Ivy doubles play for a .750 winning percentage. The Crimson has claimed the doubles point 11 times this season and in each of the past three contests. Playing primarily at the No. 1 position, the 11th-ranked duo of senior Casey MacMaster and junior Denis Nguyen, has gone 1-2 in league doubles action.
Brown looks to snap a five-game skid as the Bears own a 10-10 overall record and an 0-4 mark in Ivy play entering Friday's match. The Bears are coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to No. 52 Cornell and a, 4-1, defeat to then-No. 17 Columbia last weekend.
Sophomore Lucas Da Silveira has been a strong presence for the Bears, capturing victories in three of the last four Ivy matches at the sixth position. No. 5 Daniel Hirschberg is 2-2 in Ivy singles contests this spring. On the doubles court, Brown is led by Hirschberg and Gregory Garcia as the pair posted wins over Penn and Princeton.
The Bulldogs boast a strong mark at 12-7, but league losses to Princeton, Cornell and Columbia have the Bulldogs at 1-3 in conference play heading into the weekend. Yale downed Penn, 4-2, to earn its lone Ivy victory of the season. The Bulldogs will meet Dartmouth Friday afternoon in New Haven, Conn., before making the trip to Cambridge.
Tyler Lu, who is ranked 98th nationally in singles, has compiled a conference record of, 2-1, in the No. 1 spot. The Bulldogs doubles teams of Lu and Martin Svenning, Patrick Chase and Kyle Dawson and Daniel Faierman and Alex Hagermoser each have picked up a doubles win in the last four matches.
Harvard wraps up its regular season with a showdown against Dartmouth April 26 at the Beren Tennis Center. The match is slated for 2 p.m.