CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 32 Harvard men's tennis went 2-0 to start its spring campaign, defeating William & Mary, 4-3, and Boston College, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Murr Tennis Center.
"It was a nice way to kick-off to the season," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "It was an entire team effort with 11 players contributing in the two wins today."
Against W&M, the Crimson found wins from the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 position after earning the doubles point to solidify the win. Junior Sebastian Beltrame upended Ryan Newman in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Kenny Tao dispensed Addison Appleby (6-3, 7-5) from the third spot. In his collegiate debut, rookie Andy Zhou claimed a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alec Miller.
"The match against W&M was certainly a close contest as the final score indicated," continued Rueb. "We had strong showing in doubles that put us ahead early and earned just enough singles points to lock up the victory. Sebastian Beltrame and Kenneth Tao were a big factor in the win by notching points in singles and doubles. And a special shout-out to Andy Zhou in his first college victory."
Harvard skated past BC, earning the doubles point and the first five singles tallies. Zhou notched his second win of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hank Workman. Kelvin Lam defeated Aidan McNulty (6-3, 7-6 (3)). Sophomores Grant Solomon and Jean Thirouin took care of Kyle Childree and Kent Mukai, respectively to help the Crimson to 2-0.
"Against Boston College, the seniors Conor Haughey and Kelvin Lam won the deciding doubles match which gave us a bit of a cushion going into singles," Rueb said. "Andy, Kelvin, Grant, Jean and Conor fought hard to earn a point for the Crimson."
The Crimson will be in Fort Worth, Texas next weekend for the ITA Kick-Off against Oklahoma State and either TCU or San Diego State University.
"I'm really proud of how this time competed with tenacity and smarts," concluded Rueb. "There is a lot to build on. These competitive matches are invaluable in helping us grow and ramp up for the ITA Kick-Off at TCU next weekend."
Harvard 4, William & Mary 3
No. 44 Hu and Yeung def. Ryan Newman and Tristan Bautil, 6-2
No. 32 Beltrame and Tao def. Addison Appleby and Lars DeBoer, 6-3
Christian Cargill and Alec Miller def. Haughey and Zhou, 6-3
Christian Cargill def. No. 71 Nicky Hu, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Sebastian Beltrame def. Ryan Newman, 6-4, 6-2
Kenny Tao def. Addison Appleby, 6-3, 7-5
Andy Zhou def. Alec Miller, 7-5, 6-4
Lars DeBoer def. Kelvin Lam, 6-4, 4-6, 4-1
Aidan Talcott def. Jean Thirouin, 7-5, 3-6, 4-2
Harvard 6, Boston College 1
Hu and Tao def. Childree and Workman, 6-4
Haughey and Lam def. Thirouin and McNulty, 7-5
Mukai and Melvin def. Peters and Thirouin. 6-2
Andy Zhou def. Hank Workman, 6-3, 6-1
Kelvin Lam def. Aidan McNulty, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Grant Solomon def. Kyle Childree, 6-2, 6-4
Jean Thirouin def. Kent Mukai, 6-4, 6-1
Conor Haughey def. Alexandre Thirouin, 6-2, 6-4
Will Turner def. Xavier Gonzalez 4-6, 6-4 (6-10)