Harvard improved to 5-3 on the season with a big win over Boise State on Sunday. (Dean Bauer)
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Harvard men's tennis team (5-3) closed out its non-conference trip to Illinois (at Northwestern) with a 7-0 victory against Boise State (1-6).
"It was a strong weekend of tennis in Evanston," said associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "We finished on a high note against Boise State after a tough match against top-10 Northwestern."
Harvard first won the doubles point, as sophomore Christopher Morrow and freshman Logan Weber capped off a 2-0 weekend in doubles with a 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot over Boise State's Morgan Stone and Greg Wischer.
"They notched two big wins on the weekend," Rueb said of Morrow and Weber.
After the Broncos evened the doubles tally at 1-1 with a win in the No. 2 spot, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win over Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin.
"Tao and Yeung finished so strong in their match, winning the last five games," Rueb said. "Our doubles play continues to improve overall as we're looking to be more consistent throughout the lineup."
In singles competition, sophomore Samuel Beren won in straight sets in the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-2, over Boise State's Harvey Shackleton. Then Yeung improved to 4-1 on the season in singles with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Brian Tran in the No. 2 spot. Junior Grant Solomon clinched the dual match for Harvard with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Morgan Stone.
In the No. 1 singles spot, Kenny Tao defeated Kyle Butters, also in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 to improve to 4-1. Junior co-captain Jean Thirouin rallied to win a third set tiebreaker, defeating Jack Heslin 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). The win was Thirouin's team-leading fifth singles victory of the year.
Sophomore Andy Zhou then clinched his match in the No. 4 singles spot with a 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) win over Pedro Platzeck.
"In singles everyone made a step forward with their game," Rueb said. "Sam Beren earned a big victory at the sixth singles slot and Grant Solomon played some of his best tennis of the year in the No. 5 spot. We have ten days to keep building before the ECAC Championships and we're looking forward to getting back to work."
Harvard will next be in action at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton on Feb. 17-20.
Harvard 7, Boise State 0
Feb 05, 2017 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
1. Kenny Tao (HARV) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Brian Tran (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Jean Thirouin (HARV) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Andy Zhou (HARV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Grant Solomon (HARV) def. Morgan Stone (BSU) 6-0, 6-3
6. Samuel Beren (HARV) def. Harvey Shackleton (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Kenny Tao/Brian Yeung (HARV) def. Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4
2. Pedro Platzeck/Brian Tran (BSU) def. Michael Peters/Jean Thirouin (HARV) 6-4
3. Christopher Morrow/Logan Weber (HARV) def. Morgan Stone/Greg Wischer (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,5,1,3,4)