|Matchup||No. 29 Harvard at No. 15 Columbia|
|Date||April 14, 2018|
|Venue||Dick Savitt Tennis Center|
|Watch||Ivy League Network|
|Series||Harvard leads, 66-19|
|Last Meeting||W, 4-2 (2017)|
|Matchup||No. 29 Harvard at Cornell|
|Date||April 15, 2018|
|Venue||Reis Tennis Center|
|Series||Harvard leads, 60-14|
|Last Meeting||L, 4-2 (2017)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 29 Harvard men's tennis team will play its final two road contests of the season this weekend, April 14-15, traveling to Columbia and Cornell. Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m. with Saturday's contest against the Lions available on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson earned two victories on homecourt this past weekend to improve to 11-0 in Cambridge, defeating both Brown and Yale by 4-3 margins. Upping its win streak to five matches, Harvard won doubles in both contests as Kenny Tao and Logan Weber clinched the points in the No. 1 spot. Robert Wrezsinski then claimed the match-clinching singles points in both matches, sealing two conference wins for the Crimson to move to 3-0 and to the top of the standings of the Ancient Eight.
Columbia holds a 2-0 record in conference play after defeating Penn and Princeton in its first two Ivy matches last weekend. At 13-3 on the season, the Crimson will look to end the Lions undefeated home record, who hold a 6-0 mark in New York. While the Lions rank 15th in the nation, junior Victor Pham ranks 18th in singles and Jackie Tang sits at 51st. In doubles play, Pham and Tang are ranked 22nd, ahead of Jack Lin and William Matheson at 41st.
The Big Red enters the weekend on a three-match losing streak after recently dropping two narrow contests against Princeton and Penn. Starting Ivy play at 0-2, Cornell will look to David Volfson, who leads the team with an 8-4 singles record to move the Big Red out of the bottom of the standings. Harvard and Cornell previously met this season in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Tournament where the Crimson topped the Big Red, 4-1.
In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 29 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on April 10. The Crimson previously reached its highest ranking of the season at No. 23 the week of March 6. Harvard now ranks second among three Ivy institutions in the top 50, with Columbia ringing in at No. 15 and Dartmouth at No. 32.
The Crimson is unstoppable in Cambridge, posting an 11-0 record after its two more home victories last weekend. Eleven of Harvard's 19 wins this season have come on home court. Over the course of those 11 wins, Harvard has outscored its opponents 52-19.
Robert Wrzesinski is currently on a 10-match win streak after securing two match-clinching victories for the Crimson against Brown and Yale last weekend. Wrzesinski improved to 8-0 in the No. 5 spot with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brown. The freshman then jumped to the No. 3 slot against Yale, defeating the Bulldog's senior captain in a three-set battle, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. The Vilnius, Lithuania native is now 16-3 in singles play in his first season at Harvard.
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in 18 of its 22 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team with an 11-7 record.
Xavier Gonzalez was named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar in November of 2017. As one of 31 Americans and four Harvard students chosen, Gonzalez will spend two years at the University of Oxford pursuing a Master of Science in mathematics. The Houston, Texas native is the fifth Harvard men's tennis player selected for the honor and one of 56 student-athletes at Harvard to earn the scholarship.
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
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The Crimson will close out the season hosting Princeton and Penn, April 21-22. Both matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.