No. 22 Men’s Tennis Heads to San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

No. 22 Men’s Tennis Heads to San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 22 Harvard men's tennis heads to sunny California to take part in the annual Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic, hosted by No. 30 San Diego and No. 38 San Diego State University. The Crimson (11-3) will first face off against Middle Tennessee State (9-5) Thursday March 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

Other teams participating in the Classic are No. 33 Drake, No. 32 Princeton, No. 39 Indiana and No. 43 Denver. If successful Thursday, Harvard will play the winner of SDSU and Drake, who won the championship title a season ago.

Scouting the Field
Seven of the eight teams in the field own a spot in the top-50 of the ITA rankings. The Crimson starts with Middle Tennessee State, a squad that sits 9-5 on the year and has won three of its last four outings. Harvard will take on either No. 38 SDSU or No. 33 Drake on day two of the tournament. The San Diego State duo of Hendrik Jebens/Freddy Gelbrich own a ranking of No. 63. Drake boasts two singles players in the rankings, with No. 38 Ben Lott and No. 42 Alen Salibasic.

In the Rankings
Harvard sits at No. 22 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll this week after rising as high as No. 18 March 3, its highest ranking since 2013 (18). The Crimson is one of three Ivy League teams in the top-25 and one of six in the top-50. Individually, senior Denis Nguyen ranks No. 47 in singles play. Nguyen and sophomore Brian Yeung sit No. 10 in doubles action.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson was last in action Feb. 28, sweeping St. John's (4-0) and Boston University (6-1).

Home Cookin'
Harvard owns a 8-1 record thus far at home this season, beating opponents by a combined score of 49-15. The Crimson's lone loss came at the hands of No. 23 Vanderbilt.

LIVE! From the Murr, It's Men's Tennis
For the second-straight year, all Murr Center matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.

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.

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.