Men’s Tennis Closes Fall Season at Tribe Invitational

Men’s Tennis Closes Fall Season at Tribe Invitational

The Crimson will face six competitors at the Tribe Invitational (Elan Kawesch).

Matchup                                Tribe Invitational
Date                                          November 3-5          
Time                                                    All Day
Venue                                  Williamsburg, Va.
                                Millie West Tennis Facility

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team will wrap up its fall season at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. The tournament, beginning on Friday, Nov. 3 and concluding on Sunday, Nov. 5, will feature competitors from host William & Mary, Old Dominion, VCU, Penn State, Richmond and Middle Tennessee.

Friday, Nov. 3
10 a.m. – Harvard vs. VCU/Richmond
2 p.m. – W&M/ODU vs. Penn State/MTSU

Saturday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. – Penn State/Middle Tennessee vs. VCU/Richmond
2 p.m. – W&M/ODU vs. Harvard

Sunday, Nov. 5
9 a.m. – Penn State/Middle Tennessee vs. Harvard
1 p.m. – W&M/ODU vs. VCU/Richmond

Last Time Out
Senior co-captain Jean Thirouin and junior Andy Zhou had standout performances at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships, Oct. 18-23. Both advanced to the semifinals of the main singles draw and the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw. 

Scouting William & Mary
The Tribe concluded its 2016-17 season with an 11-12 overall record, posting a 0-1 mark in conference play. William & Mary narrowly missed the CAA Championship last spring, falling to UNCW in the title match.

Scouting Old Dominion
The Monarchs posted a 19-6 overall record in its 2016-17 slate, finishing the season nationally ranked at No. 55 according to ITA rankings. Old Dominion advanced to the title match in the Conference USA Tournament for the second consecutive year, bowing out to Rice 4-3.

Scouting VCU
The Rams finished their 2016-17 season with a 14-12 overall record, falling to No. 9 UNC in the first round of the NCAA tournament. VCU upset Richmond last season to capture the title in the A-10 Championship match.  

Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions closed out their 2016-17 season with a 16-12 overall record, posting a 3-4 mark in conference play. PSU ended its spring season falling 4-0 to No. 16 Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Championship.

Scouting Richmond
The Spiders posted a 25-4 overall record to conclude their 2016-17 season. Tallying a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play, Richmond advanced to the A-10 Championship match last spring, before falling to VCU, 4-3.

Scouting Middle Tennessee
The Blue Raiders concluded their 2016-17 season with a 12-14 overall record, falling to Rice in the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship Tournament. Middle Tennessee returns nine players this season, including every member of last year's team.

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 its 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.

Meet the Freshmen
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.

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What's Next?
Harvard returns for its spring season on the road facing Southern Methodist on Friday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. in its first dual match of the 2017-18 season.