|Matchup||Harvard vs. Princeton|
|Date||April 21, 2018|
|Venue||Beren Tennis Center|
|Series||Harvard leads, 54-45|
|Last Meeting||W, 4-3 (2017)|
|Matchup||Harvard vs. Penn|
|Date||April 22, 2018|
|Venue||Beren Tennis Center|
|Series||Harvard leads, 78-13|
|Last Meeting||W, 4-2 (2017)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 30 Harvard men's tennis team will wrap up its spring season this weekend, April 21-22, hosting Princeton and Penn. Both matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. All fans will receive a free Harvard frisbee, while students in attendance will also receive free barbeque food as a part of Crimson Palooza.
Last Time Out
The Crimson suffered two conference losses at the hands of No. 15 Columbia (4-1) and Cornell (4-3) last weekend, dipping to 3-2 in Ivy play and 19-5 overall. Harvard clinched the doubles point for the 19th time this season over the Lions, while dropping it for only the fifth time against the Big Red. Down 3-0 against Cornell, the Crimson sparked a late match rally to tie the score at 3-3, falling just short in its second loss of the weekend.
The Tigers sit one spot below the Crimson in the Ivy standings at fifth with a 2-3 record after splitting its matches last weekend with a 4-0 win over Yale and 2-4 loss to Brown. Sophomore Davey Roberts leads Princeton with 14 wins in dual play, posting a 5-1 mark in the No. 4 spot for the Tigers, while Roberts and freshman Ryan Seggerman are 14-5 in doubles this spring.
The Quakers enter the weekend on a three-match winning streak after securing two conference wins over Brown (4-1) and Yale (5-2) last weekend. At 15-10 overall and 4-1 in Ivy play, Penn is tied for first in the standings with Dartmouth. Junior Kyle Mautner tops the Quakers lineup with a 17-5 record in dual play and is currently on a nine-match win streak after defeating all of his opponents in straight sets.
In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 30 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on April 17. The Crimson previously reached its highest ranking of the season at No. 23 the week of March 6. Harvard now ranks third among three Ivy institutions in the top 50, with Columbia ringing in at No. 16 and Dartmouth at No. 27. Doubles duo Kenny Tao and Logan Weber are also back in the rankings, reaching No. 85 this week.
Current State of the Ivy League
Prior to this weekend's matches, five teams are still in the running for a share of the Ivy League title. Dartmouth and Penn are tied for first with 4-1 records in Ivy competition, while Harvard (3-2) sits one spot below Columbia (3-1). Princeton rounds out the top five with a 2-3 mark.
The Crimson is unstoppable in Cambridge, posting an 11-0 record this spring. 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.
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in 19 of its 24 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team with a 12-8 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.
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Harvard will await postseason selection during the NCAA DI Men's Tennis Selection Show.