PRINCETON, N.J.—The No. 45 Harvard men's tennis team extended its winning streak to five matches today, taking down Princeton for the third time this season, 5-2. With today's conference victory, the Crimson improves to 15-5 (2-0 Ivy) on the season.
"It was a really high-level match today, and I'm proud of the way our team competed away from home; It was a total team win," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "Getting the doubles point was huge, and then we started strong in singles to keep that momentum going."
Steven Sun and Harris Walker were first to strike for the Crimson, taking down Princeton's No. 3 doubles pair, 6-1, to gain the advantage. The Tigers quickly retaliated, picking up a win of their own on court one to lock up the teams at one apiece. Robert Wrzesinksi and Brian Shi broke the doubles tie and secured the point for Harvard off a strong 6-4 performance on court two, sending the Crimson into singles with the 1-0 lead.
After blanking Princeton in the first set, first-year Steven Sun claimed Harvard's first singles point to move the Crimson to an early 2-0 margin over the Tigers. Fellow first-year Brian Shi finished shortly after, cruising past Princeton, 6-2, 6-1, in the third position to push Harvard to 3-0. Sophomore Lane Leschly ultimately brought home the match for the Crimson with a straight-sets 6-2, 6-3 victory in the No. 5 slot.
-Harvard is 3-0 against Princeton this season, previously taking down the Tigers at the ECAC Championships (4-2) and the San Diego Spring Classic (4-3).
-With today's 5-2 victory, Harvard extends its winning streak to five-consecutive matches.
-The Crimson improves to 57-46 all-time against Princeton after today's 5-2 result.
Harvard continues its Ivy League slate next weekend, traveling to Yale on April 12 before returning to Cambridge on April 14 to host Brown.
1. Karl Poling def. Robert Wrzesinski, 6-4, 6-1
2. Ryan Seggerman def. Andy Zhou, 6-3, 6-3
3. Brian Shi def. Damian Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-1
4. Harris Walker def. Davey Roberts, 1-6, 7-5, 10-4
5. Steven Sun def. Bill Duo, 6-0, 6-3
6. Lane Leschly def. Will Peters, 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 6*, 2, 1, 4
1. #76 Ryan Seggerman/Payton Holden def. #37 Andy Zhou/Logan Weber, 6-3
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi def. Karl Poling/Damian Rodriguez, 6-4
3. Steven Sun/Harris Walker def. #86 Bill Duo/Justin Barki, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2