No. 50 Men’s Tennis’ Hosts Penn, No. 37 Princeton


Opponent
Date

Venue
Start Time

Penn
Saturday, April 9
Murr Tennis Center
1 p.m.

Stream

Ivy League Digital Network


Opponent
Date

Venue
Start Time

No. 37 Princeton
Sunday, April 10
Murr Tennis Center
1 p.m.

Stream

Ivy League Digital Network


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 50 Harvard men's tennis (12-10, 0-2) opens its Ivy League home slate against Penn and No. 37 Princeton this weekend. The Crimson and Quakers begin at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Ivy League Digital Network, with Harvard and Princeton colliding on ILDN 24 hours later. 

Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a heartbreaker Sunday, nearly pulling off the upset over No. 28 Columbia, but falling, 4-3, at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The Crimson earned the doubles-point and senior captain Nicky Hu notched the upset over No. 64 Shawn Hadavi in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Tough Road to the Tourney
The Crimson owns a 12-10 record this season, facing off against nine teams in the top-40 (4-5).  

In the Rankings
Harvard sits at No. 50 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. The Crimson also opened the season at No. 32.

Date

Rank

Preseason

32

Jan. 20

32

Jan. 27

33

Feb. 3

32

Feb. 10

N/A

Feb. 17

36

Feb. 23

32

March 1

39

March 8

46

March 15

49

March 22

50

March 29

47

April 5

50

 

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.

Hot Streak
Rookie Christopher Morrow has won nine of the last 10, posting a 5-1 dual record with two wins at the No. 4 position and the match-clincher against No. 38 Old Dominion. Senior Kelvin Lam owns a 10-6 dual record, including holding a 6-1 mark at the No. 6 slot.

Top Man
Senior captain Nicky Hu sits at the top spot for the Crimson, holding a 10-12 overall record, including a 6-8 mark in dual matches.

Scouting Penn (7-11, 2-0)
Penn holds a 7-11 record and an unblemished mark in Ivy League play after defeating Yale, 5-2, and winning a 4-3 thriller over Brown. Josh Pompan rattled off six-consecutive games to clinch the match over Brown at the No. 3 position. Nicolas Podesta sits at the top spot with an 8-2 record. Head coach David Geatz is in his fifth year with the Quakers. Harvard owns a 76-12 all-time series lead over Penn, winning 11-straight. 

Scouting No. 37 Princeton (14-6, 2-0)
The Tigers enter the weekend with a 2-0 mark in Ancient Eight action  after 4-1 wins over Brown and Yale. Luke Gamble, playing primarily at fifth singles, has been perfect since February began and won his last 10 decisions. In his fourth season as the head coach of Princeton, Billy Pate led the Tigers to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 a year ago. The Crimson holds a 52-45 all-time lead over Princeton, winning 4-3 last year. 

Last Year
The Crimson is coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as Denis Nguyen '15 also earned a spot at the NCAA Individuals and teamed with Brian Yeung to head to the doubles championship.

On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, is in his 40th season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 19-8 record last season and leading the Crimson to NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight season. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 638-294-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in each of the last four seasons.

Up Next
Harvard hosts Yale in The Match Friday, April 15 before heading to Brown Sunday, April 17.