CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men's tennis team completed its weekend sweep with commanding 4-1 and 6-0 victories over Penn State and Boston University, respectively. With tonight's doubleheader shutout, the Crimson improves to a 4-2 (0-0 Ivy) record.
"I'm very proud of this team and how they responded to the different challenges over the weekend. Beating Vanderbilt after being down 3-0 and winning the remaining four matches - all in three sets - was something to behold. It was all heart and grit," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "Then to come off that high on Friday night, regroup and bring the same level of energy against an undefeated Penn State was another step forward for our team. And finally, to play hard and not let the foot off the accelerator against BU showed real maturity."
Doubles pair Andy Zhou and Logan Weber opened the bout with Penn State in an impressive fashion, upsetting the nation's No. 1 doubles pair Constant de la Bassetiere and Gabriel Nemeth in the top spot. Though the Nittany Lions rallied to even doubles at 1-1, Robert Wrzesinski and Christopher Morrow clinched the doubles point for the Crimson, giving Harvard the early lead.
Moving into singles play, Penn State bounced back early, taking the first point in the No. 6 position. Harvard quickly took back the lead, with Harris Walker and Steven Sun picking up victories over the Nittany Lions on courts three and five. Sophomore Lucas Koelle ultimately clinched the first match of the Crimson's doubleheader in a three-setter over Christos Antonopoulos, securing the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Continuing the action against cross-town rival Boston University, the Crimson ran out to an early lead, handedly winning the doubles point. Harvard's No. 1 doubles duo Zhou and Weber continued their success, besting Penn State's Owen Lu and Max Hartenstein 6-2 while Wrzesinski and Morrow picked up another point-clinching victory on the day.
Samuel Beren cruised past the Terriers' Ethan Kolsky on court six, picking up the straight-sets 6-2, 6-0 victory to open up singles play. Galen Lee, Andrew Ball and Zhou each picked up quick wins to push the Crimson out to a 5-0 lead before first-year Walker secured the match for Harvard on court two, rolling past David Bogatin, 6-4, 6-2.
"Special thanks to all the fans that came out supported us," said Rueb. "The Murr Center was rocking this weekend, and it made a big difference on the court."
-Robert Wrzesinski extends his undefeated streak to 5-0, leading the Crimson in singles.
-Doubles pairs Andy Zhou and Logan Weber and Robert Wrzesinski and Christopher Morrow went 2-0 in doubles in today's doubleheader.
-Steven Sun remained undefeated this weekend, going 3-0 in singles play.
-Andy Zhou and Logan Weber upset No. 1 Constant de la Bassetiere and Gabriel Nemeth, 6-3.
-Harvard improves to 18-1 all-time over the Nittany Lions with its win today.
-The Crimson maintains its undefeated series record over BU, holding a 16-0 all-time record over the Terrier.
The Crimson hits the road, traveling to the Midwest to take on Northwestern on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. (12 p.m. CST) and Western Michigan on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. (12 p.m. CST).
v. Penn State
1. Andy Zhou def. Constant de la Bassetiere, DNF
2. Robert Wrzesinski v. Christian Lakoseljac, DNF
3. Harris Walker def. Gabriel Nemeth, 6-4, 7-5
4. Lucas Koelle def. Christos Antonopoulos, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
5. Steven Sun def. Jordan Nickerson, 7-6(11), 6-3
6. Ben Lieb def. Costantin Zoske, 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6,3,5,4*
1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber def. No. 1 Constant de la Bassetiere/Gabriel Nemeth, 6-3
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Christopher Morrow def. Matt Galush/Ben Lieb, 7-6
3. Christian Lakoseljac/Christos Antonopoulos def. Brian Shi/Steven Sun, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
v. Boston University
1. Andy Zhou def. Owen Lu, 6-3, 6-1
2. Harris Walker def. David Bogatin, 6-4, 6-2
3. Lucas Koelle vs. Pete Siozios, DNF
4. Andrew Ball def. J.P. Avila, 6-3, 6-1
5. Galen Lee def. Marc Sable, 6-2, 6-0
6. Samuel Beren def. Ethan Kolsky, 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6,5,1,4,2*
1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber def. Owen Lu/Max Hartenstein, 6-2
2. Christopher Morrow/Robert Wrzesinski def. David Bogatin/Soemarno, 6-3
3. Michael Peters/Steven Sun vs. J.P. Avila/Max Stehling, DNF
Order of Finish: 1,2