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Men’s Tennis to Host Octoberfest Invitational

Men’s Tennis to Host Octoberfest Invitational

Harvard men's tennis will host its second tournament of the fall season this weekend (Elan Kawesch).

Matchup                                       Octoberfest
Date                                       October 7, 2017          
Time                                                    All Day
Venue                             Beren Tennis Center

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team returns home this weekend to host Boston University and Tufts at the Beren Tennis Center on Saturday, Oct. 7 in its third tournament of the fall season, the Harvard Octoberfest Invitational.  

Octoberfest Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 7
Matches begin at 2 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Crimson competed in the Ivy Plus Invitational Sept. 22-24, facing opponents at both Princeton and Yale. The Crimson posted 12 doubles wins and 13 singles wins throughout the weekend. Constantin Zoske and Andy Zhou went undefeated in both singles and doubles play, while Lucas Koelle advanced to the final round of both his singles and doubles draws.

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.

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. 

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers finished the 2016-17 season with a 10-16 overall record. BU added five freshmen to its lineup, including Pete Siozios, Ethan Kolsky and David Bogatin, all four-star recruits according to TennisRecruiting.net. Last weekend, junior Satyajit Simhadri led all Terriers with three singles wins at the Brown Invitational.

Scouting Tufts
The Jumbos posted a 9-7 regular season record concluding its 2016-17 campaign. Posting a 4-5 mark in conference play, the Bears narrowly missed the NESCAC championship tournament this past season.

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.

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-Gymnaisum).

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 its 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 ITA Regional Championships beginning on Thursday, Oct. 19 and concluding on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  

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