Men's Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season at I-64 Challenge

Men's Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season at I-64 Challenge

Senior Brian Yeung advanced to the quarterfinals with partner Michael Peters in doubles play at the Northeast Regional Tournament two weeks ago (Dean Bauer).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– The Harvard men's tennis will compete in its final fall event this weekend, as the Crimson travels to Williamsburg, Va. for the I-64 Challenge, running from Nov. 4-6. Harvard will take on three schools from Virginia in the flighted, round-robin event, including host-William & Mary, Old Dominion, and VCU.

The I-64 Challenge
Each day will include a singles and doubles match for all four teams. On Friday, players from VCU and Harvard square off at 10 a.m., before William & Mary meets Old Dominion at 2 p.m. The Rams and Monarchs face each other at 10 a.m., with the Tribe and Crimson to follow at 2 p.m. The final day of the event on Sunday pits Old Dominion and Harvard at 9 a.m., to go along with William & Mary and VCU at 1 p.m. Individual awards will be presented for the top performing players in singles and doubles, based on record.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men completed competition at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships on Oct. 24, with senior co-captain Sebastian Beltrame having the best individual showing for the Crimson. Beltrame advanced to the quarterfinals of the main singles draw, defeating Jan Cimrman (NJIT) on Friday (6-2, 6-3), Dusan Vukisevic (St. John's) on Saturday (6-1, 7-5) and Lev Kazakov (Cornell) on Sunday (3-6, 6-4, 6-4). In his quarterfinal match against No. 1 seed Shawn Hadavi this morning, Beltrame fell, 6-2, 6-3.

Junior co-captain Jean Thirouin and senior Brian Yeung advanced to the round of 16 in singles action, as Harvard competitors in the tournament finished with a combined singles record of 9-5.

In doubles action, Yeung and sophomore Michael Peters had the best showing for the Crimson, advancing to quarterfinals with wins over Cornell pair Kazakov/Rimondini (8-4), and Buffalo doubles team Nittolo/Kaoy (8-4).

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 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.

Up Next
Harvard returns to open the spring/indoor season with the Harvard Showdown, beginning on Jan. 21, 2017 at Murr Center.

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.