Harvard vs. BYU, Tennessee, Bryant
Harvard men's tennis will host BYU, Tennessee, and Bryant for dual matches this weekend (Dean Bauer)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men’s tennis team returns to action this weekend at the Murr Center Tennis Courts with three dual matches against BYU, Tennessee, and Bryant. Cornell will also be present at the event, but will not square off against Harvard. All matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Friday, Jan. 27
Harvard vs. BYU - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28
Harvard vs. Tennessee -- 12:00 p.m.
Cornell vs. BYU - 4:00 p.m.
Harvard vs. Bryant - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Cornell vs. Tennessee - 11:00 a.m.
The Last Time Out
Harvard kicked off the spring season with a 2-1 record last weekend, defeating Furman before falling to Old Dominion to finish second at the Crimson Kick Off. On Sunday night, Harvard defeated NJIT, 6-1, to cap off the busy weekend. Junior captain Jean Thirouin finished 4-1 on the weekend, including a 2-0 record in doubles play with senior captain Sebastian Beltrame.
Harvard competed in five fall events, with several strong performances to build momentum heading into the spring season. Senior Brian Yeung went a combined 5-1 at the Harvard Chowderfest in singles and doubles play on Sept. 16-18.
Junior Grant Solomon advanced to the finals of the top singles draw at the Ivy Plus Tournament on Sept. 23-25. Sophomore Andy Zhou won the Harvard Octoberfest on Oct. 15, and senior co-captain Sebastian Beltrame advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships in late October. Junior Kenny Tao won the I-64 Challenge with a 3-0 record in singles play to cap off the fall season.
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.
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.
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. Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes.
In The Rankings
One Crimson doubles pair was ranked in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 13. Harvard’s Brian Yeung was ranked 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 will hit the road next weekend (Feb. 4-5) to take on No. 10 Northwestern and Boise State in dual matches in Evanston, Ill..