|Matchup||Harvard vs. Oklahoma State|
|Date||May 12, 2018|
|Time||3 p.m. EST|
|Venue||Marks Tennis Stadium|
|Series||Series tied, 3-3|
|Last Meeting||L, 0-4 (2016)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the 25th time in program history, the No. 31 Harvard men's tennis team will compete in the 2018 NCAA Tournament this Saturday, May 12, as the Crimson heads to Los Angeles, Calif. to face No. 17 Oklahoma State in the first round. The Crimson and Cowboys will face off at 3 p.m. EST, prior to USC vs. UC Santa Barbara at 6 p.m. EST. The match will be available to stream on the Pac-12 Network.
Harvard will make its 25th team appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, its first since 2015. After finishing third in the Ivy League this year with a 4-3 conference record and 20-6 overall, the Crimson's winning nonconference mark earned itself an at-large selection to the postseason. The furthest Harvard has advanced in the tournament was 1997 when the Crimson fell to No. 3 Stanford in the quarterfinal round. Harvard has amassed a 16-24 record all-time in NCAA Tournament action.
Kenny Tao was named to the All-Ivy first team in both singles and doubles, while Logan Weber also earned first team honors in doubles. Andy Zhou was tabbed to the All-Ivy second team in singles, while Jean Thirouin and Robert Wrzesinski were named to the second team in doubles as well. This marks Tao's second consecutive season earning All-Ivy accolades, while this is Weber's, Zhou's, Thirouin's and Wrzesinski's firsts.
Scouting Oklahoma State
The Cowboys and Crimson will meet for the seventh time in program history this Saturday as the series is currently tied at three apiece with Harvard last defeating Oklahoma State, 6-1, in 2002. At 20-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play, Oklahoma State finished the season ranked 17th nation, narrowly missing hosting duties for the NCAA Tournament by one spot. The Cowboys are led by Artur Dubinski who tops the line up with a 16-6 singles record in dual play, while Julian Cash and Luke Hammond lead doubles with a 12-4 mark in spring action.
In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 31 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on May 3. The Crimson previously reached its highest ranking of the season at No. 23 the week of Feb. 27 and March 6. Harvard is one of three Ivy institutions to make it to the 2018 NCAA Tournament as Columbia finished the season ranked 16th in the nation, while Dartmouth sits at 27th.
The Crimson is unstoppable in Cambridge, posting an 12-1 record this spring. Twelve of Harvard's 20 wins this season have come on home court. Over the course of those 12 wins, Harvard has outscored its opponents 59-26.
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in 20 of its 26 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team with a 13-9 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 704-319-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in five of the last six seasons.
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The winner of this match will advance to the second round to face the winner of USC vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, May 13 at 4pm EST.