No. 44 Men’s Tennis Sweeps Doubleheader, Brings Down Boston College and Quinnipiac

Photo by Zack Williamson
Photo by Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 44 Harvard men's tennis team closed out its non-conference schedule this afternoon at the Murr Center, earning commanding 6-1 and 4-1 victories over Boston College and Quinnipiac, respectively. With the pair of wins, the Crimson improves to 13-5 before heading into Ivy play next weekend.

Opening up the afternoon against Boston College, the Crimson struck first in the match, picking up the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead over the Eagles. Michael Peters and Christopher Morrow blanked Boston College, 6-0, on court three to take the advantage for Harvard, but the Eagles quickly locked the teams at 1-1 in doubles with a 6-3 win on court one. Breaking serve to tie the final doubles match up at 6-6, Robert Wrzesinski and Brian Shi clinched the doubles point in the No. 2 position for Harvard to move the match into singles.

Keeping the momentum going for Harvard, Harris Walker picked up a straight-sets victory in the fourth spot to add another point to the Crimson's score. Hoping to make a comeback, the Eagles picked up a win on court five to cut Harvard's lead in half, but Brian Shi quickly added another point with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on court three. Galen Lee ultimately secured the match for Harvard, bouncing back from a first set loss to best Boston College, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the sixth slot.

Continuing the action with a bout against Quinnipiac, No. 33 doubles pair Andy Zhou and Logan Weber handedly defeated the Bobcats on court one to take an early advantage in doubles. Quinnipiac, however, quickly gained momentum, finding victories on courts three and two to claim the doubles point.

Down 1-0 moving into singles, the Crimson quickly evened the match with a decisive 6-1, 6-3 win from Samuel Beren on court six. First-year Shi followed shortly after to pick up his second straight-sets victory of the day, pushing Harvard into the lead, 2-0. Capitalizing on the advantage, Lane Leschly cruised by Quinnipiac in the third spot to put the Crimson within match-point off a 6-3, 6-1 decision. A quick 6-5, 6-2 win from Constantin Zoske ultimately clinched the match for the Crimson and completed the doubleheader sweep.

Harvard Highlights
-Galen Lee and Costantin Zoske each registered a match-clinching point for the Crimson in its doubleheader sweep this afternoon.
-Brian Shi and Robert Wrzesinski finished the day 2-0 in singles play.
-Harvard remains undefeated in the all-time series against both Boston College and Quinnipiac, moving to 11-0 and 4-0, respectively, against the opponents. 

Up Next
The Crimson opens its Ivy schedule next weekend on the road, taking on Penn on April 6 and Princeton on April 7. Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.

v. Boston College
1. Robert Wrzesinski def. Derek Austin, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6
2. Andy Zhou def. Chris Grasel, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
3. Brian Shi def. Markus Nordby, 6-2, 7-5
4. Harris Walker def. Max Mendelsohn, 6-4, 6-2
5. Conor Mullins def. Lane Leschly, 6-1, 6-4
6. Galen Lee def. Sean Mullins, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 6*, 2, 1 

1. Derek Austin/Conor Mullins def. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber, 6-3
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi def. Chris Grasel/Markus Nordby, 7-6
3. Michael Peters/Christopher Morrow def. Max Palmer/Sean Mullins, 6-0 

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

v. Quinnipiac
1. Robert Wrzesinski vs. Freddie Zaretsky, DNF
2. Brian Shi def. Aleksa Martinovic, 6-1, 6-1
3. Lane Leschly def. Alester Magalit, 6-3, 6-1
4. Galen Lee vs. Hielke Moore, DNF
5. Costantin Zoske def. Patrick Cachapero, 6-4, 6-2
6. Samuel Beren def. Bryan Schick, 6-1, 6-3

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

1. Andy Zhou/Brian Shi def. Axel Stern/Aleksa Martinovic, 6-1
2. Patrick Cachapero/Hielke Moore def. Christopher Morrow/Michael Peter, 7-6
3. Freddie Zaretsky/Austin Yannone def. Samuel Beren/Constantin Zoske, 6-3 

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2