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Men’s Tennis Takes on Boise State, Northwestern in Illinois

Photo courtesy of Dean Bauer
Photo courtesy of Dean Bauer

The Crimson heads to Northwestern to take on Boise State and the host Wildcats.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 30 Harvard men's tennis continues its tough nonconference slate with a trip to Evanston, Illinois to take on No. 45 Boise State and host Northwestern, ranked No. 26 in the latest ITA Poll.

The Crimson (3-1) and Broncos are slated to play at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Harvard and Northwestern square off Sunday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.

Scouting the Field
Boise State, tied with Alabama for the 45th-spot in the latest ITA rankings, defeated Pepperdine, 4-3, on the road to move to 2-2 on the year. At the No. 2 spot, Garrett Patton won the final singles match in three sets to win Mountain West Player of the Week.

Northwestern last swept UIC, 4-0, to move to 3-4 on the season. Sam Shropshire is the Wildcats' No. 1, holding a 4-3 mark in dual matches, including two wins against ranked opponents. Strong Kircheimer is the lone ranked singles player at 108.  

In the Rankings
Harvard opened the season at No. 29 in the nation in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll and currently sits at No. 30. Senior Denis Nguyen sits at No. 57, while sophomore Sebastian Beltrame holds the No. 86 spot. As a pair, Nguyen and sophomore Brian Yeung register a No. 6 ranking in the men's national doubles rankings.
Team

Jan. 6

29

Jan. 20

30

Jan. 28

32

Feb. 3

30

 

Last Time Out
Harvard split the weekend at the ITA Kick-Off, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 15 Cal before knocking off No. 27 NC State at Hellman Tennis Center two weeks ago. Senior captain Alex Steinroeder rallied from a 6-3 loss in the first set to take the next two, 7-6 (2) and 7-5 and secure the Harvard win over the Wolfpack. 

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Fall Ball
Denis Nguyen and Brian Yeung wrapped the fall season with a spot at the 2014 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships after winning the doubles event at the ITA Regional Championships. In the semifinals of the regionals, Nguyen and Yeung bested Cornell's Vrabel and Casares to square off against Dartmouth's Sakinis and Kipuoras. The duo turned away the Big Red pair for the USTA/ITA regional championship title.

#Winning
The Crimson finished the fall season with an 81-39 (.675) record in tournament play. Sebastian Beltrame and Andrew Ball both registered a 10-3, while three Crimson student-athletes picked up wins over ranked opponents (Beltrame, Denis Nguyen and Alex Steinroeder).

Last Year
The Crimson is coming off an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as Denis Nguyen became Harvard's first All-American since 2005 with a semifinals appearance in the men's singles draw. 

On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, is in his 39th season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 18-7 record last season and leading the Crimson to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third-straight season. Fish was named the winner of the 2014 ITA Meritorious Service Award in December. 

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