Men's Tennis Starts Crimson Kick Off With Win Against Furman

Senior Sebastian Beltrame helped Harvard to a season-opening dual match win over Furman on Saturday. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team (1-0) kicked off the 2017 spring season with a resounding 6-1 dual match win over Furman (0-1) at the Murr Center Tennis Courts on Saturday.

"I was proud of our effort today," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "The first match of the season is always a bit jittery and the team did a great job of settling in and getting down to business. Furman is a very well-coached team, especially in doubles play, and it was important for us to start strong and grab the doubles point."

The Crimson started the morning with a strong showing in doubles play, as senior Brian Yeung and junior Kenny Tao teamed for a 6-2 win over Furman's top doubles pair (Adam Steryous/Jake Munns). Harvard clinched the doubles point as captains Sebastian Beltrame and Jean Thirouin defeated Cameron Green and Alex Steryous, 6-4.

In the No. 1 singles spot, Beltrame recorded a straight sets win over Furman's Adam Steryous, winning 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Andy Zhou was next to clinch his match, winning 6-2, 6-3 against Josh Pistorius. The Crimson sealed the match with Thirouin's straight sets win at the No. 4 singles spot over Munns, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Yeung (5-7, 6-3, 10-6), and Tao (1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5) also won in singles play for Harvard, which will play Old Dominion tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for the Crimson Kick Off title.

"Tomorrow's match will be another test against an excellent Old Dominion team," Rueb said.