Men’s Tennis to Welcome Four Incoming Freshman in 2015-16

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's tennis announced the addition of four student-athletes to the roster for the 2015-16 season Thursday.

"We are delighted to announce next year's incoming freshmen and look forward to welcoming them on campus in August," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "As a group, I believe their character and work ethic stand out as unifying characteristics. Individually, they bring an array of talents and skills, but will all have to work hard to prove themselves and make the team better. The class hails from as far as San Francisco (Andy Zhou) and across the "pond" in England (Chris Morrow), as well as the Midwest in St. Louis (Michael Peters) and Wichita (Sam Beren). We wish them well in their summer competitive season and await their arrival on campus for the beginning of an exciting journey at Harvard." 

The Crimson's new additions rank No. 14 on the Top 25 Recruiting Classes list by the Tennis Recruiting Network. The Crimson is coming off its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as senior captain Denis Nguyen appeared in the second round of the NCAA tournament in singles, along with a doubles appearance in the first round with sophomore Brian Yeung.  

Samuel Beren | Freshman | Wichita, Kan. | Wichita Collegiate School

Earned two varsity letters in tennis … Captained the tennis team … Led the team to two state championships in 2012 and 2013 … Won the singles championship in 2011 … Ranked first in Kansas' 14's, 16's, and 18's divisions … Earned a semifinalist slot at the St. Vincent, Tobago, Vancouver, and Trinidad junior championship tournaments … Ranked 575th in the International Tennis Federation's list … Graduated with honors and is a four-year member of the honor roll … Recipient of the highest scholastic performance award for three-consecutive years … Served as the honor council vice president in his freshman and sophomore years … Also earned two varsity letters in basketball at Wichita Collegiate School.

Christopher Morrow | Freshman | Tewkesbury, United Kingdom | St. Edward's Senior School

Earned four varsity letters in tennis … Captained tennis for four consecutive seasons from 2012-2015 … Led team to a 16th-place finish at the National Schools Competition … Won the HSBC National Road to Wimbledon in 2010 … Won the Winter British National Championships in the under 16 and under 18 age divisions … Secured the British National Championship in doubles with partner Ryan Peniston … Won the doubles events at the International Tennis Federation at Edinburgh in 2013 and at Nottingham in 2014 … Also earned four varsity letters in soccer and captained for the 2014-15 season.

Michael Peters | Freshman | Saint Louis, MO. | John Burroughs School

Earned four varsity letters in tennis … Captained the tennis team for two-consecutive years … Helped the John Burroughs School reach the finals at the tennis state championships in 2013 … Won the singles state championship in 2014 … Secured a spot in the doubles state finals in 2012 and 2013 … Awarded Saint Louis Post Dispatch player of the year in 2014, as well as the Metro League player of the year in 2011, 2012, and 2013 … Named a member of the Saint Louis Dispatch All-Metro team in 2011 and 2012 … Also earned four varsity letters in football and helped the team secure 51 wins in four years … Served as captain of the football team for the 2014 season … Was a three-time state runner up for football in 2011, 2012, and 2014 and a state semifinalist in 2013 … Awarded the All-State Media award and the All-State Coaches award for football in 2014 … Earned one varsity letter in golf … Graduated as an AP Scholar.

Andy Zhou | Freshman | Palo Alto, Calif. | Henry M. Gunn High School

Earned two varsity letters in tennis at Henry M. Gunn High School … Helped Gunn High School place second in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League … Undefeated in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League in singles … Named an All-Star by the United State Tennis Association in the NorCal division in 2012.