Harvard men's tennis will kick of the ECAC Championships with a dual match against host Princeton.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men's tennis team will head to the ECAC Championships hosted by Princeton, which will feature seven of the eight Ivy institutions and St. John's. Harvard, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, will take on No. 3 Princeton on Friday night at 6 p.m. Harvard is 5-3 in dual matches on the season.
The winner of the Harvard-Princeton match will advance to play the winner of No. 2 seed Cornell and No. 7 seed Yale. The championship dual match will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 at p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17
Harvard vs. Princeton - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Harvard vs. TBD – TBA
Sunday, Feb. 19
Harvard vs. TBD – TBA
The Last Time Out
The Harvard men's tennis team (5-3) closed out its non-conference trip to Illinois (at Northwestern) with a 7-0 victory against Boise State (1-6) on Feb. 5.
"It was a strong weekend of tennis in Evanston," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "We finished on a high note against Boise State after a tough match against top-10 Northwestern."
Harvard first won the doubles point, as sophomore Christopher Morrow and freshman Logan Weber capped off a 2-0 weekend in doubles with a 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot over Boise State's Morgan Stone and Greg Wischer. After the Broncos evened the doubles tally at 1-1 with a win in the No. 2 spot, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win over Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin. In singles competition, sophomore Samuel Beren won in straight sets in the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-2, over Boise State's Harvey Shackleton.
Then Yeung improved to 4-1 on the season in singles with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Brian Tran in the No. 2 spot. Junior Grant Solomon clinched the dual match for Harvard with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Morgan Stone.
Full Recap: Men's Tennis Wins Dual Match, 7-0, Against Boise State
Harvard competed in five fall events, with several strong performances to build momentum heading into the spring season. Senior Brian Yeung went a combined 5-1 at the Harvard Chowderfest in singles and doubles play on Sept. 16-18.
Junior Grant Solomon advanced to the finals of the top singles draw at the Ivy Plus Tournament on Sept. 23-25. Sophomore Andy Zhou won the Harvard Octoberfest on Oct. 15, and senior co-captain Sebastian Beltrame advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships in late October. Junior Kenny Tao won the I-64 Challenge with a 3-0 record in singles play to cap off the fall season.
Harvard men's tennis elected senior Sebastian Beltrame and junior Jean Thirouin as captains for the 2016-17 season. Beltrame and Thirouin, both ITA Scholar-Athletes, were regulars in the Crimson lineup last season.
Harvard finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-11 record in dual match play, including a 10-4 mark at Murr Center. The Crimson narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA Tournament, notching a 5-6 record against teams ranked in the top 40 of the ITA rankings.
Meet the Freshmen
Harvard's freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net. Galen Lee (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah), Lane Leschly (Atherton, Calif./Menlo), and Logan Weber (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) make up the Harvard men's tennis class of 2020.
On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 41st season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 16-11 record last season. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 666-304-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in four of the last five seasons.
The Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes.
In The Rankings
One Crimson doubles pair was ranked in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 13. Harvard's Brian Yeung was ranked No. 46.
Yeung, a second team All-Ivy League selection in doubles last season, posted a 14-14 overall record with a partner, including a 10-10 mark in dual action and a 3-3 tally in conference play. Yeung was .500 against nationally-ranked opponents in doubles play.
Harvard will next be in action on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Murr Center Tennis Courts with dual matches against Memphis (1 p.m.) and Boston University (5 p.m.)