Men’s Tennis to Host Harvard Chowder Fest This Weekend

The Crimson captured its 29th Ivy League title last year, its first since 2013 (Dean Bauer).
The Crimson captured its 29th Ivy League title last year, its first since 2013 (Dean Bauer).

The Crimson captured its 29th Ivy League title last year, its first since 2013 (Dean Bauer).

Matchup                      Harvard Chowder Fest
Date                                      Sept. 15-17, 2017         
Time                                                      All Day
Venue                              Beren Tennis Center

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team begins its fall campaign this weekend, facing opponents from Buffalo, Notre Dame and Wisconsin as a part of the Harvard Chowder Fest tournament at the Beren Tennis Center.

Friday, Sept. 15
Matches begin at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Matches begin at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17
Matches begin at 9 a.m.

In the Rankings
Kenny Tao was ranked 65th in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Sept. 12. Tao, a first team All-Ivy League selection in both singles and doubles, finished the 2016-17 season with a 21-10 mark in singles play.

Last Year
Harvard finished the 2016-17 season with an 18-9 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference play. A seven game win streak between the period of March 24 and April 16 elevated the Crimson to a .667-win percentage and its 29th Ivy League title.

Captains Elected
The Crimson elected Jean Thirouin and Kenny Tao as captains for the 2017-18 season. Thirouin returns for his second season as captain after posting a 22-10 mark in singles play last season. Tao finished the 2017 spring season with a record of 14-7 in singles play, including a 9-5 mark in the No. 1 spot.

Scouting Buffalo
The Bulls concluded the 2016-17 season with a 14-6 record in regular season play, falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Texas A&M. With a perfect 7-0 record in conference play, Buffalo won the Mid-American Conference and finished the year ranked eighth in the Northeast Region by the ITA.

Scouting Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish posted a 13-13 regular season record concluding their 2016-17 campaign. Notre Dame returns 11 members of last year's team, including Josh Hagar, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships last season.

Scouting Wisconsin
The Badgers finished the 2016-17 season with an 18-8 regular season record, bowing out in the second round of the NCAA tournament to USC. Wisconsin returns eight players including its entire singles lineup, led by senior captain Lamar Remy who is ranked 115th by the ITA.

Meet the Freshman
The Harvard men's tennis class of 2021 includes Lucas Koelle (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Laurel Springs), Robertas Vrzesinski (Vilnius, Lithuania/Vilniaus Adomo Mickeviciaus Gimnazija) and Constantin Zoske (Dusseldorf, Germany/St. Ursula-Gymnasium).

Leading the Way
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 42nd season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 18-9 record last season and helping the Crimson to their 29th Ivy League title. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 684-313-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in five of the last six seasons.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next?
Harvard will compete in the Ivy Plus Tournament from Sept. 22-24 at both Yale and Princeton locations.