Men’s Tennis Takes Down Western Michigan, 5-2

Men’s Tennis Takes Down Western Michigan, 5-2

CHICAGO,Ill.—The Harvard men's tennis team closed out its weekend in the Midwest with a 5-2 victory over Western Michigan this afternoon. The Crimson bounces back into the win column after dropping a match against Northwestern on Saturday, moving to 5-3 (0-0 Ivy) this season.

The Broncos took an early lead in doubles play, beating out Christopher Morrow and Lucas Koelle on court 3, 6-2. No. 53 doubles pair Andy Zhou and Logan Weber followed up with a quick 6-4 victory in the No. 1 position to even things up at one a piece for the Crimson. Robert Wrzesinki and Brian Shi ultimately sealed the doubles point for Harvard with a strong 7-5 win on court two to give the Crimson the advantage moving into singles.

Lucas Koelle was first to strike for Harvard, beating out the Broncos in the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-1. Robert Wrzesinski then outworked Western Michigan with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court two to push Harvard out to a 3-0 lead. Brian Shi secured his first career match-clinching point with a straight-set 6-2, 7-5 victory on court three to decide the match for Harvard.

"Western Michigan was a formidable team with an excellent line-up. Coach [Dave] Morin does a great job, and it took a full team effort to beat them today," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "It was a great singles performance from Robert, Brian, Steven and Lucas to help us over the finish line."

Harvard Highlights
-Harvard closed out the weekend 1-1, moving to a 5-3 (0-0 Ivy) record on the season.
-First-year Brian Shi secured his first match-clinching point with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the No. 3 position.
-Steven Sun remains untouched in singles play this season after going 2-0 this weekend against Northwestern and Western Michigan.  
-This afternoon marks the first time the Crimson and the Broncos have met on the court in program history.

Up Next
The Crimson takes on the ECAC Tournament next weekend, Feb 15-17, at Penn.

1. Jannik Opitz def. Andy Zhou, 7-6, 6-4
2. Robert Wrzesinski def. Lenhard Haupt, 6-3, 6-4
3. Brian Shi def. Jack Randall, 6-2, 7-5
4. Matej Svjetlicic def. Harris Walker, 7-5, 7-6
5. Steven Sun def. Peter Kuszynski, 7-6, 6-3
6. Lucas Koelle def. Nick Schnobel, 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3*, 5, 1, 4

*Match-clinching point

1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber def. Jannik Opitz/Kennosuke Nouchi, 6-4
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi def. Lenhard Haupt/Jack Randall, 7-5
3. Nick Schnobel/Peter Kuszynski def. Christopher Morrow/Lucas Koelle, 6-2

Order of Finish: 3,1,2