No. 44 Memphis
Harvard men's tennis hosts No. 44 Memphis and BU tomorrow afternoon at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Harvard men's tennis team returns home this weekend to host No. 44 Memphis and Boston University at the Murr Center Tennis Courts on Sunday (Feb. 26). The dual match against Memphis will begin at 1p.m., and will be followed by the match against BU at 5 p.m. Free pizza will be available for fans during the Memphis match. Both dual matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Last Time Out
Harvard men's tennis (6-5) finished the ECAC Championships with a 1-2 record in three dual matches, defeating Yale (4-0) on Saturday for its lone victory.
Junior Kenny Tao went 4-1 in all matches at the ECAC Championships this past weekend, including a 3-0 record in doubles play with partner Brian Yeung. Playing in the No. 1 singles spot this weekend, Tao earned his singles win against Princeton's Alex Day on Friday in straight sets – 6-4, 6-1. In doubles play, Tao and Yeung now have a team best eight wins on the season.
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Tao/Yeung Ranked No. 27 in ITA National College Tennis Rankings
Harvard's No. 1 doubles team, junior Kenny Tao and senior Brian Yeung, were ranked 27th in the nation in the latest ITA National College Tennis Rankings, released on Feb. 20. Tao and Yeung have a team-high eight wins on the season, and beat No. 13 doubles pair Alexander Day and Luke Gamble from Princeton last Friday (Feb. 17), 6-4, at the ECAC Championships. Tao and Yeung finished 3-0 last weekend at the event, and have won four straight matches.
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.
Harvard will break next weekend before returning to action in California for a dual match at UC Irvine on March 13.