CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team remains undefeated in dual play this spring season after defeating South Florida, 4-3, this Sunday, Feb. 4. With the win, the Crimson moves to 6-0, its best start to a season since 2005.
For the first time this season, the Crimson dropped the doubles point. Christopher Morrow and Grant Solomon combined for a 6-2 win the No. 3 spot to start off doubles play for Harvard. South Florida controlled the remaing of doubles action, picking up a 6-3 win over Kenny Tao and Logan Weber in the No. 1 slot, as well as a 6-4 win in the No. 2 spot over Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou.
In singles, Constantin Zoske was the first to pull out a win for the Crimson, defeating the Bulls' No. 6, 6-2, 6-1. Playing on the No. 3 court, Andy Zhou cruised to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Peter Bertran. Robert Wrzesinski fell in his first set at the No. 4 spot, 4-6, but secured the victory in the next two sets with scores of 6-3 and 6-0.
With the match tied, 3-3, the No. 1 spot went into nail biting, extra sets action. Senior co-captain Kenny Tao led the Crimson to victory by defeating Goldin, 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2.
"The team competed with gusto and heart," stated associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "Being down 3-1 and needing to win the last three matches was certainly a tall order against a team like USF (that was top 25 in the country last year). Certainly the team energy was a big factor. Our 7th man energy played a big role in the win yesterday."
"In doubles, USF was sharper and executed at a very high level. It was a great lesson for us and we will learn a lot from their performance. In singles, nothing came easy and we needed to work hard to get a point on the board. Freshmen Constantin Zoske made another step forward in his development as he put together two strong sets and didn't back off when he took a lead. Robert recovered from a loose first set and continued to fight till he found his game. Andy Zhou kept his foot on the gas pedal and trusted his aggressive game plan which paid off in the end. The match came down to Kenny at No. 1 and he did a great job of managing the ups and downs. His opponent was very streaky and it was a hard task not to get discouraged. Congrats to the senior captain for his grit and grind."
- Harvard ties the all-time series with South Florida at 2-2
- The Crimson has had its best start this season at 6-0 since 2005
The Crimson will hit the road for a pair of dual matches on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 against Michigan and Michigan State.
1. Grayson Goldin and Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) def. Kenny Tao and Logan Weber (H), 6-3
2. Peter Bertran and Jakub Wojcik (USF) def. Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou (H), 6-4
3. Grant Solomon and Christopher Morrow (H) def. Sean Burnette and Peirre Luquet (USF), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Kenny Tao (H) def. Grayson Goldin (USF), 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2
2. Alberto Barroso-Campos (USF) def. Jean Thirouin (H), 6-4, 6-0
3. Andy Zhou (H) def. Peter Bertran (USF), 6-3, 7-5
4. Robert Wrzesinski (H) def. Jakub Wojcik (USF), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
5. Peirre Luquet (USF) def. Grant Solomon (H), 6-3, 6-2
6. Constantin Zoske (H) def. Sean Burnette (USF), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5, 3, 4, 1*