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Season Preview: Crimson Men's Tennis Strong Throughout Lineup in 2011

The Harvard men's tennis team begins the season ranked No. 64 in the country (Harvard Athletic Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A national team ranking and two nationally ranked doubles team may be the standouts for the Harvard men's tennis team headed into 2011, but it will be the strengths throughout the singles and doubles lineup that look to carry the Crimson for a successful campaign.

Harvard only returns two seniors on a young roster, but team captain Aba Omodele-Lucien and Alexei Chijoff-Evans will be important pieces this spring. Omodele-Lucien went 5-1 in singles play during the fall and finished 3-1 playing doubles with sophomore Joshua Tchan. The team also received impressive doubles results during the fall from junior Alistair Felton and sophomore Andy Nguyen, ranked No. 46 to begin the year, who finished 9-4 en route to winning the ITA Northeast Region championship.  Junior Jonathan Pearlman and sophomore Christo Schultz begin the spring ranked No. 50 in the country after going 6-2 and reaching the ITA Northeast Region semifinals in the fall.

The Harvard men's tennis team begins the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation. Other nationally-ranked Ivy League teams include No. 48 Columbia, No. 65 Cornell and No. 71 Yale. Those teams, along with No. 13 Louisville, No. 46 Indiana, No. 50 Binghamton, No. 59 Northwestern and No. 75 William & Mary, give Harvard at least eight nationally-ranked opponents on its 2011 schedule.

The Crimson's first match of the season is the home Harvard Winter Classic, Jan. 21-22, with George Washington and Marist universities in attendance at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.