No. 45 Men’s Tennis Opens Ivy Action With 6-1 Win Over No. 50 Penn

Photo by Zack Williamson
Photo by Zack Williamson

PHILADELPHIA—The No. 45 Harvard men's tennis team opened its Ivy League schedule today with a dominant 6-1 win over No. 50 Penn in an ECAC Finals rematch. With today's win, the Crimson improves to 14-5 (1-0 Ivy) on the season.

"It was a good start to the Ivy season with a strong win against Penn," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb following the match. "The team fought hard from start to finish, and we will need to build on this performance heading in to tomorrow's match against Princeton."

Harvard opened the match with a quick doubles victory, securing the point off back-to-back wins. The duo of Brian Shi and Robert Wrzesinski struck first, picking up a 6-3 victory on court two. Harris Walker and Steven Sun followed shortly after with a win of their own, downing Penn's No. 3 doubles pair, 6-2, to give the Crimson the 1-0 advantage.

Andy Zhou opened up singles with a commanding 6-2, 6-1 victory on court two to extend Harvard's margin to 2-0. Keeping the momentum alive, Brian Shi added another point to the Crimson's score with a straight-sets victory in the third position, before Steven Sun clinched match point in the No. 5 spot, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, after bouncing back from a first set loss.

Harvard Highlights
-With today's win over Penn, Harvard extends its winning streak to four.
-Steven Sun improves to a team leading 14-2 record in singles with his match-clinching point against the Quakers. The victory marks Sun's second match-clincher this season.
-Harvard improves to 81-13 all-time against the Quakers.   

Up Next
Harvard closes out its road trip tomorrow, April 7, against Princeton at 1 p.m.

Results
Singles
1. Kyle Mautner def. Robert Wrzesinski, 5-7, 6-4, 12-10
2. Andy Zhou def. Edoardo Graziani, 6-2, 6-1
3. Brian Shi def. Kevin Zhu, 6-3, 6-4
4. Harris Walker def. Dmitry Shatalin, 6-1, 7-6(10)
5. Steven Sun def. Max Cancilla, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
6. Lane Leschly def. Jason Hildebrandt, 6-4, 6-4

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

Doubles
1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber vs. Kyle Mautner/Edoardo Graziani, DNF
2. Brian Shi/Robert Wrzesinski def. Kevin Zhu/Dmitry Shatalin, 6-3
3. Harris Walker/Steven Sun def. Max Cancilla/Aleks Huryn, 6-2

Order of Finish: 2, 3