CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Fresh off one of the most successful seasons in school history which saw the Crimson accrue the second-best the program annals (23-3), the Harvard men's tennis team announced the captains for the 2012-13 season. Rising junior and senior, Casey MacMaster and Andy Nguyen will lead the Harvard next season.
MacMaster made up one half of a lethal doubles team that ended the year ranked No. 66 in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The tandem went 24-11 overall and 18-8 in dual matches in 2012. Nguyen also competed primarily in doubles, teaming with freshman Denis Nguyen for a majority of the year. Team "Nguyen" went 23-10 and 15-8 in dual matches. Nguyen also played in singles competition, most notably tallying a win against Trpimir Kujundzic in the first round of the NCAA tournament, helping to lift Harvard to a 4-2 victory over No. 45 Virginia Tech, in Gainesville, Fla.
The Crimson also announced its postseason awards for the 2011-12 campaign as freshman Shaun Chaudhuri was named most improved player, seniors Davis Mangham and Alistair Felton were given the Ned Weld Award for their contributions to the team, while the entire 2011-12 Crimson squad was awarded the team's MVP honor for its outstanding performance.
Chaudhuri rose up the Crimson lineup in 2012 after staring in the No. 6 position he moved up to No. 4 by season's end. The freshman from Pleasanton, Calif., was one of four freshmen to tally over 20 total singles victories in 2011-12, going 23-3 in dual matches. Meanwhile Mangham and Felton showed tremendous leadership this season after helping to guide a young team with only three starters that were upperclassman. Felton served on Harvard's No. 1 doubles team while Mangham maintained a 5-5 singles record and a 1-1 doubles mark this past season.
Harvard also received good news on one of its players as Mac McAnulty received a Phi Beta Kappa award for his hard work in the classroom. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities.
The Crimson concluded its season in Gainesville, Fla., this past weekend as it fell to No. 12 Florida in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Harvard gained entry to the national competition after going 6-1 in Ivy League play and earning the program's 29th Ancient Eight championship. The Crimson placed two players on All-Ivy League teams as both senior Jon Pearlman and freshman Denis Nguyen received first team and second team accolades, respectively.