Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien will lead the way for the Crimson in 2010-11 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard released the 2011 men's tennis schedule Thursday with three major tournaments, 13 home dual matches and a full slate of Ivy League competition on the list.
The Crimson gets things started Jan. 21-23 in Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Tournament. Afterwards, Harvard opens its home spring schedule with its longest home stand of the season – seven dual matches – and six duals in 10 days as it hosts three straight Big Ten teams. Northwestern drops in Jan. 28, Purdue comes Jan. 29 and the Indiana Hoosiers visits Cambridge Feb. 4.
Harvard will look to defend its Eastern College Athletic Conference title for the third straight time Feb 18-21, while at the same time hosting the championships for the third year in a row at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The month of March is a mix of home and away for the Crimson. The month begins with a road trip to Ball State (Ind.) and Louisville and ends with a home doubleheader against Illinois State and Fairfield, with a home dual against Binghamton (March 11) and a trip to California for the San Diego Championships (March 18-20) in between.
April signals the beginning of Ivy League play for the Crimson, opening with Cornell at home April 1. Harvard will travel to Penn (April 9), Princeton (April 10), Yale (April 15) and Dartmouth (April 20) while hosting Ancient Eight rivals Columbia (April 2) and Brown (April 17), along with Cornell.
This year's NCAA championships first and second rounds will be conducted May 12-14 on campus sites to be determined at the conclusion of the regular season. The final rounds of the championships will go from May 19-29 at a site still to be announced.
Harvard concluded the 2009-10 season with a 14-10 overall record and compiled a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League having won its final five matches of the season. The Crimson's five freshmen last season combined to post a 53-43 singles record and a 72-42 mark in doubles action in their first season of collegiate tennis. Alistair Felton was second on the team in 2009-10 with 17 wins in singles action.