No. 34 Men’s Tennis Heads to No. 46 Dartmouth Saturday

No. 34 Men’s Tennis Heads to No. 46 Dartmouth Saturday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 34 Harvard men's tennis (19-6, 5-1) travels to No. 46 Dartmouth Saturday afternoon for a crucial match in Ivy League standings and to help solidify an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

Where We Stand
Columbia has wrapped up the Ivy League title for the second-straight year with a perfect 7-0 record, but Harvard and Dartmouth will be fighting for the No. 2 position Saturday. The Crimson sits at No. 2 with a 5-1 conference mark, while Dartmouth owns a 4-2 tally in league action. Harvard will be looking to solidify its fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance with an at-large bid.     

Thank You Seniors!
The Crimson has four seniors playing in their final regular season match Saturday. Captains Denis Nguyen and Alex Steinroeder, as well as Shaun Chaudhuri and Henry Steer has helped Harvard to a 79-22 record over four years, including three trips to the NCAA tournament.

Nguyen, Nguyen, Nguyen
At the No. 1 position this year, No. 37 Denis Nguyen holds a 17-12 overall record, including a 11-8 mark in dual matches. Teaming up with sophomore Brian Yeung, the pair has earned 19 wins this year, holding a 12-6 mark in dual action to sit No. 24 in the country.

Yeung Money
Sophomore Brian Yeung owns an 18-6 overall record, including a 14-6 mark since starting dual matches. The Hong Kong product boasts perfect marks at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 positions and has won seven of the last 10 matches.

Last Time Out
Harvard wrapped its home slate with a 5-2 win over Brown last Sunday afternoon at the Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson took four of six singles matches to wrap the day. Nguyen and Steinroeder ended their home career on a high note with wins at the No. 1 and No. 5 spots, respectively.

Scouting Dartmouth
Last in action against Yale, Dartmouth won its fourth-straight match over the Bulldogs to move to 4-2 in league action (losses to Cornell and Columbia). The Big Green won five-straight singles matched after dropping the doubles point to come away with the victory.

In the Rankings
Harvard sits at No. 34 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 five Ivy League teams ranked. Individually, senior Denis Nguyen ranks No. 43 in singles play. Nguyen and sophomore Brian Yeung sit No. 24 in doubles action.
Team

Jan. 6

29

Jan. 20

30

Jan. 28

32

Feb. 3

30

Feb. 17

25

Feb. 24

22

March 3

18

March 10

21

March 17

22

March 24

33

March 31

36

April 7

35

April 14

34

April 21

34

Home Cookin'
Harvard owns an 12-2 record at home this season, beating opponents by a combined score of 73-26. The Crimson's two losses came at the hands of No. 23 Vanderbilt and No. 28 Columbia.

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.