Rivalry Renewed Friday Between Crimson Men's Tennis and Yale
Junior Alistair Felton leads the team with 20 singles wins in 2010-11 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The No. 65 Harvard men's tennis team squares off against Yale for the 90th time Friday, this time in New Haven, Conn. The match is to begin at 2 p.m.
Harvard has defeated Yale nine straight times and leads the all-time series, 63-26. The Crimson has only lost to Yale three times since 1995, and only two of its 16 victories in that stretch have been by the close score of 4-3.
Harvard (13-9, 2-2 Ivy League) has split both its first two Ivy League weekends. Freshman Casey MacMaster has won seven singles matches in a row and holds a 14-2 record in dual matches. Senior captain Aba Omodele-Lucien has rebounded from an early-season injury to win three straight matches at the No. 2 singles spot and has now been victorious in five of his last seven contests.
The Bulldogs (9-10, 1-3 Ivy League) have lost three straight Ivy League matches after opening the season with a 5-2 defeat of Penn. Yale is 2-1 against shared non-conference opponents with Harvard, defeating Quinnipiac and Binghamton while falling to Purdue, 4-3.
Last Time Out
Harvard took a win and a loss on its road trip to Princeton and Penn, defeating the Quakers, 5-2, and falling to the first-place Tigers, 4-3. Despite losing the doubles point for just the second time in its last 11 matches, the Crimson topped Penn with five singles victories in Philadelphia. Every point counted between Princeton and Harvard, as two doubles matches were decided by one game and five of the six singles matches went to a deciding third set.
Harvard returns home for its final home match of the season Sunday, taking on Brown at 2 p.m.