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Harvard Opens Dual Season at Home with Three Matches

Junior Alexei Chijoff-Evans carries a 6-4 record in singles action into the spring.
Photo courtesy of DSPics.com.

The Particulars:
Harvard welcomes Brigham Young, DePaul and Mississippi State to participate in the Harvard Kick-Off Tournament. Matches start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Last Time Out:
The Crimson competed in the Viriginia Tech Tournament, Jan. 22-24. Sophomore Davis Mangham, rookies Christo Schultz and Tchan each posted two wins in singles action. All eight Harvard players recorded at least one victory over the weekend.

About Harvard:
The Crimson opens up the dual portion of the schedule this weekend. Freshman Andy Nguyen leads the way with eight wins in singles play. Senior captain Michael Hayes is close behind with seven victories under his belt.

About the Cougars:
Brigham Young owns a 2-0 record coming into the weekend, having defeated Weber State and Utah State, 7-0 each. Thomas Shubert leads the team with a 17-1 record.

About the Blue Demons:
DePaul boasts a 3-0 record on the season, downing Illinois-Chicago, Chicago and Nothern Illinois in dual matches. Mathias Hambach and Matija Palinic pace the squad with 12 wins apiece.

About the Bulldogs:
Mississippi State began the spring season at the SEC Indoor Championships and then was edged by Ole Miss in the River Hills Cup, 4-3. Louis Cant owns a team-best 15-4 record.

Schedule:
Friday, Jan. 29
8:30 a.m. Mississippi State vs. DePaul
Noon Harvard vs. BYU
5 p.m. Harvard vs. DePaul (doubles)
6:30 p.m. BYU vs. MSU (singles)

Saturday, Jan. 30
9:30 a.m. BYU-DePaul
1 p.m.  Harvard-MSU
6 p.m. BYU-MSU (doubles)
7:30 p.m. Harvard-DePaul (singles)

A Pair that a Full House Can’t Beat:
Sophomore Alistair Felton and freshman Andy Nguyen have teamed up to win  eight  doubles matches this season. The pair won six matches at the ITA Northeast Regionat tournament in October, en route to capturing the doubles title.

Up Next:
Harvard will travel to New Haven, Conn. for the ECAC Championships, Feb. 12-15.