CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—For the first time in program history, the No. 33 Harvard men's tennis team took down No. 36 Memphis, 5-2. With the victory this afternoon, the Crimson improves to an 8-4 (0-0 Ivy) record on the season.
"It was a great team effort today from start to finish," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "Our doubles have gotten better each week, and it is a credit to our guys for making the adjustments."
Fighting back from an early deficit, Harvard claimed the doubles points to go 1-0 over Memphis to open the match. The Tigers took the first point, downing Christopher Morrow and Steven Sun on court three, 6-3. No. 34 doubles pair Andy Zhou and Logan Weber quickly rebounded to even the match for the Crimson, taking down Memphis' top pair in a quick 6-4 victory. Locked at 6-6 on court two, Robert Wrzesinski and Brian Shi ultimately clinched the point for Harvard after breaking down the Tigers.
Moving into singles, Brian Shi made quick work of Memphis, handedly defeating their No. 3, 6-1, 6-0, to push Harvard out to a 2-0 lead. Harris Walker followed shortly after, running past the Tigers on court four to take the Crimson's third point in a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Undefeated first-year Steven Sun claimed yet another singles victory, clinching the match for Harvard with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Memphis.
"In singles, the first-year trio of Brian, Harry and Steven pushed us over the finish line," said Rueb. "Andy also put in a great week of training and it showed in his play today."
-For the first time in program history, Harvard defeated the Tigers, cutting their lead to 1-4 in the all-time series.
-First-year Steven Sun remains undefeated in the No. 5 position, moving to 11-0 in the spring.
The Crimson takes a break from competition before returning to the court on March 18 to take on Williams in San Diego, Calif.
1. Chris Patzanovsky def. Robert Wrzesinski, 6-7, 7-5, 10-8
2. Andy Zhou def. Jan Pallares, 7-6 (6), 6-2
3. Brian Shi def. Jeremy Taylor, 6-1, 6-0
4. Harris Walker def. Matt Story, 6-3, 6-2
5. Steven Sun def. David Stevenson, 6-4, 7-5
6. Oscar Cutting def. Lane Leschly, 7-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,4,5*,6,2,1
* denotes match-clinching point
1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber def. David Stevenson/Oscar Cutting, 6-4
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi def. Jan Pallares/Patrick Sydow, 7-6
3. Matt Story/Jeremy Taylor def. Christopher Morrow/Steven Sun, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,1,2