Men's Tennis Welcomes Trio of Freshmen for Fall

Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications

The Harvard men's tennis team welcomes three freshmen for the 2010-11 season. The Crimson will look to claim the program's 28th Ivy League title next season after finishing second in 2010.

Harvard, which returns 10 players from last season, compiled a 14-10 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Ancient Eight. Entering his 35th season at the helm of the Crimson, Dave Fish ’72, the Scott Mead ’77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, brings in three rookies as part of the 2010 recruiting class.

Casey MacMaster/Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain
Before Harvard:
Lettered four years in tennis … Captained tennis team as a junior and senior … Two-time Colorado High School Tennis Player of the Year … Three-time all-state selection … Named all-conference and all-city four times … Claimed the state No. 1 singles title as a junior and senior … Reached the state singles final at the No. 2 position twice, winning the crown as a freshman … Team Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior … Academic all-state honoree twice … Won a Gold Ball in the under-18 doubles division and a Bronze Ball in the under-18 singles division at the 2009 Winter National Championships … Won a Silver Ball at the 2008 Easter Bowl in the under-16 doubles division … Was ranked No. 1 singles player in the Intermountain region in the under-12, 14, 16 and 18 age divisions … Ranked No. 8 nationally in singles and No. 1 in doubles in April 2010 … National Honor Society member … Volunteered with the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation.

Mother, Cindy, was a two-time All-American and national doubles champion at Cal State Northridge.

Brendan Seaver/New Canaan, Conn./Brunswick School
Before Harvard:
Played four years of tennis and three years of soccer at the Brunswick School … Captained tennis team as a senior … A four-time all-league selection in tennis … Three-time Fairchester Athletic Association doubles champion … Tennis team was the New England team champions three times …  Senior New England All-Star selection in soccer … Taught tennis to underprivileged children with Norwalk Grassroots tennis program.

Enjoys cooking, boating and traveling … Father, Alexander ’82, was a member of the Harvard men’s tennis team … Uncle, Nicholas ’93, played rugby at Harvard … Grandfather, Richard, was an All-American wrestler at North Carolina.

John Thornton/London, England/Hotchkiss
Before Harvard:
Competed in tennis at Hotchkiss … Reached the USTA National Open doubles finals … Won an ITF singles title and four doubles titles … Qualified for ITF Grade A tournament in Mexico … Hotchkiss won the Kingswood Oxford Invitational Tournament championship, Southern New England Tournament title, Founders League championship and New England title in 2008 … Cum Laude Society member … School’s history prize recipient … Class President.

Enjoys soccer and writing … Father, John ’76, was a member of the Harvard men’s tennis team and was the recipient of the 2009 ITA Achievement Award.

In addition, Harvard will welcome junior transfer Jonathan Pearlman, who played for two seasons at Brown.  Pearlman was an All-Ivy League second-team choice in singles in 2009.