Freshman John Thornton won his spring singles debut Sunday against Boston University (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
No. 73 Harvard hosts its second doubleheader in six days at the Murr Center Tennis Courts when Davidson and Quinnipiac come to town Friday.
Davidson and Harvard first met in 1948 and have compiled 12 meetings in all, with the Crimson holding a 7-5 edge. Harvard won the last meeting, 4-0, in 1998 and won six straight in the series from 1952-76.
Harvard has won both meetings against Quinnipiac, defeating the Bobcats, 4-0, in 2004 and winning, 6-1, last season.
The Harvard men's tennis team began the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation, but after three losses to top 75 teams the Crimson has fallen nine spots to No. 73 this week. The Crimson doubles team of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen began the spring ranked No. 46.
The Wildcats have won two maches in a row, including a 5-0 win over No. 60 USC-Upstate Saturday and stand at 2-3 overall this spring.
The Bobcats opened its season Saturday against Boston University and suffered a 7-0 sweep. Quinnipiac begins the 2011 season as the defending Northeast Conference champion.
Last Time Out
Junior Alistair Felton picked up his first two singles wins in dual competition this spring to lead the No. 64 Harvard men's tennis team to a doubleheader split Sunday, as the Crimson fell, 4-3, to No. 72 William & Mary and swept local rival Boston University, 7-0.
The Crimson prepares to host the ECAC Team Championships Feb. 18-21 and defend its title at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.