Harvard men's tennis kicks off the spring season this weekend with the Crimson Kickoff (Dean Bauer)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men’s tennis team kicks off the spring season by hosting the Crimson Kickoff with Furman, Old Dominion, and San Francisco making the trip to Boston. Harvard will also take on NJIT in a dual match on Sunday night at 6 p.m. All matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Harvard vs. Furman - 10:00 a.m.
Old Dominion vs. USF - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22
3rd Place Match - 10:00 a.m.; Finals - 2:00 p.m.
Harvard vs. NJIT - 6:00 p.m.
In the Rankings
One Crimson doubles pair was ranked in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 13, including Brian Yeung. 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.
Furman returns five players from last season’s team that posted a 13-11 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Southern Conference play. Junior Cameron Green and senior Adam Steryous were named to the All-Southern Conference first team for singles last spring and to the All-SoCon second team at No. 2 doubles to lead the Paladins.
Scouting Old Dominion
The Monarchs are off to a 3-0 start after recording dual match wins against NC State, Richmond and Howard last weekend. Old Dominion is led by No. 24 Adam Moundir, who was named Conference Player of the Week after going 3-0 in singles.
Scouting San Francisco
Picked to finish 7th in the WCC polls, San Francisco will take on Harvard for the first time since 1981 in men’s tennis. Three men new to the squad in 2016 – Oliver Poysti, Paul Giraud and Johan Joenhagen – joined returning players Ryan Marker and Woravin Kumthonkittikul in fall singles play.
NJIT completed the 2015-16 season with a 10-9 record overall and will enter this season with a young team after the loss of three seniors. Junior Jan Cimrman, who played most of last season at No. 2 singles for the Highlanders, leads all NJIT returners.
Meet the Freshmen
Harvard’s freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net. 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 host three teams for dual matches next weekend - BYU (Jan. 27, 3:00 p.m.), Tennessee (Jan. 28, 12:00 p.m.) and Bryant (Jan. 28, 7:00 p.m.)
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.