CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 30 Harvard men's tennis team concluded its regular season with a 4-3 victory over Penn today, April 22, at Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson secured its 20th win of the season to cap its overall record at 20-6, while registering a 4-3 mark in Ivy play and 12-1 at home.
Earning the doubles point for the 20th time this season, the Crimson opening scoring with an early 1-0 advantage in the match with wins on courts one and two. Jean Thirouin and Robert Wrzesinski stepped into No. 2 doubles for Harvard, claiming a 6-1 win over Westergaard and Pompan. The Crimson's 85th-ranked No. 1 doubles tandem Kenny Tao and Logan Weber then sealed the point for Harvard with a 6-2 victory.
In singles action, senior co-captain Jean Thirouin cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win on court three to double Harvard's advantage. Penn gained its first point of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the No. 6 spot, before Andy Zhou bested Pompan 6-4, 6-3 on court two to put the Crimson on the brink of victory.
Penn narrowed the gap to 3-2 as Maunter picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win in the No. 1 spot, before senior Grant Solomon clinched the match for the Crimson with an exciting 7-5, 7-6 (2) tiebreak victory on court five.
"What a send-off for the seniors in their last home match of their careers." stated associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "A 20 win season and an NCAA at-large birth is an amazing accomplishment. It was only fitting that senior Grant Solomon should be the clincher today. Despite a few tough loses in a row, he never lost his enthusiasm."
"Senior Jean Thirouin was masterful today in working the points and figuring out all the angles. Doubles too was a lock-down performance."
"All the teams are so close in our league that the doubles point is crucial. We saved one of our best performances for the last match. Kenny and Logan were all over the net and putting a ton of pressure on their opponents. All three teams got up a break early and just kept the petal to the metal."
The Crimson will await its seeding and destination for the 2018 NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Selection Show on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.
1. Kenny Tao/Logan Weber (H) def. Mautner/Shatalin (P), 6-2
2. Jean Thirouin/Robert Wrzesinski (H) def. Westergaard/Pompan (P), 6-1
3. Grant Solomon/Christopher Morrow (H) vs. Huryn/Canalla (P), DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1*
1. Mautner (P) def. Kenny Tao (H), 6-4, 6-4
2. Andy Zhou (H) def. Pompan (P), 6-4, 6-3
3. Jean Thirouin (H) def. Shatalin (P), 6-2, 6-2
4. Cancilla (P) def. Robert Wrzesinski (H), 5-7, 6-7 (9)
5. Grant Solomon (H) def. Westergaard (P), 7-5, 7-6 (2)
6. Makarome (P) def. Constantin Zoske (H), 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 5*, 4