NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After nearly a week of competition, the Harvard men's tennis team completed play Monday at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships held at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn. Senior co-captain Jean Thirouin and junior Andy Zhou had stand out performances, both advancing to the semifinals of the main singles draw.
After a bye in the first round, Thirouin defeated Sacred Heart's Seiji Hosokawa (6-3, 6-3) on Friday, Dartmouth's John Speicher (3-6, 6-2, 6-0) on Saturday and Cornell's Lev Kazarov (1-6, 6-4, 6-2) on Sunday, winning his bracket and advancing to the quarterfinal round. Thirouin defeated Yale's Andrew Heller (6-4, 6-4) in the first round of the quarterfinals before falling to Columbia's Victor Pham (6-2, 6-2) in the semifinal round.
Zhou also received a bye in the first round, defeating St. Francis' Franz Luna (6-1, 6-3) on Friday, Dartmouth's Charlie Broom (6-2, 6-2) on Saturday and Cornell's Daniel Grunberger (6-2, 6-1) on Sunday to stay atop of his bracket. In his quarterfinal match, Zhou was matched against Columbia's Jackie Tang, defeating him (6-7, 6-3, 6-3). Zhou later fell to Cornell's David Volfson in the semifinals (6-4, 7-6).
In doubles action, Thirouin and Zhou reached the quarterfinals of their draw, falling to Dartmouth pair Charlie Broom and Roko Glasnovic 8-5.
Lucas Koelle advanced to the round of 16 in singles action after receiving a bye in the first round before falling to Dartmouth's Ciro Riccardi (6-3, 6-3), while Grant Solomon fell to Fairfield's Brad Orban (6-2, 6-4) in the first round.
"I'm so proud of the way our boys competed," stated associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "Jean and Andy had outstanding performances making it to the final four from the best 120 players in the entire Northeast Region. Jean was mentally very strong and competed with guts and heart. While he didn't reach his highest level of play, his in-match adjustments were second to none. His ability to stay positive even in the most trying of circumstances was something to behold."
"Andy played some terrific all-court tennis. His aggressive, power game was ferocious and put his opponents under constant pressure. It was a joy to see a young man find his identity as a player."
Harvard will compete in the I-64 Challenge at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 3-5.