Men's Tennis Continues Non-Conference Slate against No. 9 Northwestern, Boise State

Men's Tennis Continues Non-Conference Slate against No. 9 Northwestern, Boise State

Harvard men's tennis heads to Evanston, Ill. for dual matches against No. 9 Northwestern and Boise state this weekend (Dean Bauer)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men's tennis team hits the road this weekend for a pair of dual of matches in Evanston, Ill., starting with host No. 9 Northwestern on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Crimson will take on Boise State on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Harvard is 5-8 all-time in dual matches against Northwestern, and 5-4 all-time against Boise State.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Harvard vs. Northwestern - 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5
Harvard vs. Boise State – 10:00 a.m.

The Last Time Out
Last Saturday, the Harvard men's tennis team split dual matches against Tennessee and Bryant today at the Murr Center Tennis Courts, with the Crimson picking up the win against Bryant, 5-2, in an evening dual match after falling to Tennessee by the same score earlier in the day. Playing without No. 1 singles player Sebastian Beltrame, the Crimson shuffled the singles lineup against the Vols with junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung playing in the No. 1 and 2 singles spots, respectively. Both Tao and Yeung earned three-set victories – Tao a 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 winner over Timo Stodder, and Yeung, a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory against Luis Valero. In evening matches, Jean ThirouinGrant Solomon, Beren, and Logan Weber earned singles wins against Bryant after Harvard clinched the doubles point by sweeping all three doubles matches.

Fall Recap
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.

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 freshman class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by  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.

Up Next
Harvard will next be in action at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton on Feb. 17-20.