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Harvard Men's Tennis' Homestand Continues with Three Duals Over the Weekend

Freshman Casey MacMaster earned a victory in doubles with partner Jonathan Pearlman against Purdue Jan. 29 (Photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
Harvard welcomes two nationally-ranked teams and a local rival this weekend at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The Crimson faces its third straight Big Ten Conference opponent with No. 44 Indiana coming to town Friday for a 5 p.m. start. No. 72 William & Mary and Boston University visit Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Series History
Harvard and Indiana have met twice, with both squads earning a victory to keep the all-time series tied at 1-1. The first meeting came in 1995, where Harvard took a 5-0 sweep. The Hoosiers won last season's match, 6-1.

The Crimson has never lost to the Tribe of William & Mary, holding a perfect 8-0 mark in the all-time series. The two teams have met five times since 2003, with Harvard winning the last meeting, 4-3, in 2009.

Harvard has dominated the all-time series against Boston University with an unblemished 8-0 record against the Terriers and every win coming by way of a sweep. The teams last met in 2007 as the Crimson took a 7-0 sweep for the victory.

About Harvard
The Harvard men's tennis team began the spring ranked No. 64 in the nation and holds onto that ranking this week. The Crimson doubles team of Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen began the spring ranked No. 46.

About Indiana
The Hoosiers are coming off a 7-0 loss at the hands of two-time defending national champion USC in Los Angeles. Indiana opened the spring at 2-0 with wins over NC State and in-state rival IUPUI before suffering its first loss, a 4-3 edging against Kentucky Jan. 25.

About William & Mary
The No. 72 Tribe comes into the weekend at 6-3 with two losses against top-five teams, top-ranked Virginia and No. 4 Ohio State. William & Mary will meet Indiana Saturday in a neutral site dual at the Murr Center before taking on Harvard Sunday. The Tribe had a scheduled dual at Yale postponed Thursday due to inclement weather.

About Boston University
The Terriers opened their season Jan. 22 at Brown and suffered a 7-0 sweep. At 0-1 this spring, BU will host Qunnipiac Saturday before trekking across town Sunday to face the Crimson at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out
Anchored by a sweep in doubles and four singles wins, The Crimson earned its first dual match victory of the spring Saturday with a 5-2 defeat of Purdue. Harvard flexed its muscles in the doubles to take an early 1-0 lead in the match, earning wins from the duos of Felton and Nguyen, Casey MacMaster and Jonathan Pearlman, and Aba Omodele-Lucien and Joshua Tchan, by scores of 8-3, 8-4, and 8-5, respectively.

Up Next
The Crimson hosts another doubleheader at the Murr Center Tennis Courts Feb. 11 with Davidson and Qunnipiac visiting to wrap up a seven-game season-opening homestand for Harvard.