Harvard Chowder Fest
Senior Sebastian Beltrame will lead the Harvard men's tennis team in 2016-17 (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men’s tennis team kicks off the fall season with matches against Illinois, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M over the course of three days this weekend as part of the Harvard Chowder Fest at Beren Tennis Center. All matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Friday, Sept. 16
Matches begin - 10 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Matches begin - 10 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Matches begin - 9 a.m.
In the Rankings
One Crimson doubles pair was ranked in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 13. Harvard’s top pair - Brian Yeung/Lucas Koelle came in at No. 46. Yeung, a second team All-Ivy League selection in doubles last season, posted a 14-14 overall record with a partner, including a 10-10 mark in dual action and a 3-3 tally in conference play. Yeung was .500 against nationally ranked opponents in doubles play.
Harvard men’s tennis elected senior Sebastian Beltrame and junior Jean Thirouin as captains for the 2016-17 season. Beltrame and Thirouin, both ITA Scholar-Athletes, were regulars in the Crimson lineup last season.
Harvard finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-11 record in dual match play, including a 10-4 mark at Murr Center. The Crimson narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA Tournament, notching a 5-6 record against teams ranked in the top 40 of the ITA rankings.
The Fighting Illini finished the 2015-16 season with a 20-11 dual match record, falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Illinois returns one of the top players in the nation - No. 3 in the preseason ITA poll - junior Aleks Vukic. Junior Aaron Hiltzik was ranked No. 46 in the same poll.
Scouting Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish posted a 15-14 dual match record in 2015-16, bowing out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Stanford. The Irish boast the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation, which will be complimented by junior Josh Hagar, ranked No. 70 in the preseason ITA poll.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Aggies finished the 2015-16 season with a 27-10 record, falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to rival Texas. Led by junior Arthur Rinderknech - ranked No. 9 in the preseason ITA singles poll - and the doubles team of Rinderknech and senior Max Lunkin, the Aggies return another strong team in 2016-17.
Meet the Freshmen
Harvard’s four-man freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net. Lucas Koelle (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Laurel Springs), Galen Lee (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah), Lane Leschly (Atherton, Calif./Menlo), and Logan Weber (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) make up the Harvard men’s tennis class of 2020.
On the Sidelines
David Fish, the Scott Mead ‘77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Tennis, enters his 41st season with the Crimson after coaching the men’s tennis team to an 16-11 record last season. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 666-304-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in four of the last five seasons.
Harvard will compete in the Ivy Plus Tournament and the Connecticut State Open next weekend.
The Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference’s eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.