Men's Tennis Heads to Ivy Plus Tournament

Men's Tennis Heads to Ivy Plus Tournament

Harvard men's tennis hits the road for its second event of the fall season. (Gil Talbot)

Matchup Ivy Plus Tournament
Date Sept. 23-25
Time All Day
Venue Hamlin Tennis Center
  Lenz Tennis Center
Draw Tournament Bracket


CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men’s tennis team returns to action this weekend at the Ivy Plus Tournament, co-hosted by Penn and Princeton at the Hamlin Tennis Center in Philadelphia, Pa. and the Lenz Tennis Center in Princeton, N.J.. Play will begin on Friday (Sept. 23) and run through Sunday (Sept. 25).

Ivy Plus Tournament Schedule

Harvard Competitors: Sam Beren, Xavier Gonzalez, Galen Lee, Michael Peters, Grant Solomon, Kenny Tao, Jean Thirouin, Logan Weber, Brian Yeung, Andy Zhou

Friday, Sept. 23
Matches begin - 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24
Matches begin - 9 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25
Matches begin - 9 a.m.

 Harvard men's tennis opened the 2016-17 season by hosting the Chowder Fest this weekend at Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson welcomed Illinois, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M in a meeting of some of the top programs in college tennis. Harvard senior Brian Yeung went 2-1 on the weekend in singles play, and 3-1 with doubles partner Michael Peters. Yeung was ranked No. 46 in the preseason ITA National Doubles Rankings. He finished the weekend with a three set singles win – 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 - in Flight 3 over Notre Dame's Eddy Covalschi, while also teaming with Peters for a doubles win over Covalschi and Matt Gamble.

Sophomore Andy Zhou also had a solid weekend in singles play, finishing 2-1 and capping the event with a 7-5, 7-5 win in Flight 6 against Notre Dame's Drew Dawson                                   

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.

Captains Elected
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.

Last Year
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.

Meet the Freshmen
Harvard’s four-man freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by 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.

Up Next
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.