No. 20 Harvard Men's Tennis Weclomes Binghamton and St. John's This Weekend
Harvard now prepares for a weekend slate of home matches where it will take on Binghamton on Friday and St. John's on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
In Harvard's last match the team went 2-1 in doubles play and 5-1 in singles action to record a 6-1 victory over cross-town foe, Boston College.
The doubles parings of junior Andy Nguyen and freshman Denis Nguyen along with senior Jonathan Pearlman and freshman Alex Steinroeder tallied wins in doubles play, winning their matches, 8-6 and 8-1. The Eagles were able to get the best of sophomore Casey MacMaster and Alistair felton as Akash Muppidi and Alex Skinner won, 8-5.
In singles competition the Crimson got wins in the No. 2 through No. 6 positions as D. Nguyen, freshmen Shaun Chaudhuri, Henry Steer, Steinroeder and junior A. Nguyen all recorded victories. D. Nguyen downed Skinner, 6-4, 6-4 while Steer was victorious against Jonathan Raude, 6-4, 6-2. Chaudhuri, was promoted up to the No. 3 position and was victorious against Philip Nelson, 6-4, 6-2. Steinroeder was entrenched in a battle with Michael McGinnis but came up with a win, 4-1, 6-1, 6-0 while A. Nguyen upended Klaus Puestow, 6-2, 6-0. The Crimson tripped up the Eagles 6-1.
The Bearcats enter the match 7-10; while the squad is coming off a win a 6-1 win over St. Bonaventure. Alexandre Haggai plays out of the No. 1 spot for Binghamton and is 3-7. Both Robin Lesage and Ismael Dinia are 7-7; holding the Bearcat's best record in singles play. The doubles paring of Ruben Devos and Bastian Bornkessel maintain Binghamton's best doubles record as the two are 8-6 in dual matches.
Scouting St. John's
No. 58 Red Storm sit at 12-5 on the season and enter the contest on a two game winning streak after taking down USF and Penn, 5-2, in both matches. Vasko Mladenov has been lethal out of the No. 1 spot for St. John's as he is 10-3 in that position and 12-4 overall. Meanwhile the team of Milo Hauk and Ilija Vucic will be a handful for the Crimson as the duo is 8-2 overall, while going 7-2 out of the No. 1 position and 1-0 out of the No. 2.
Harvard enjoys a 2-1 advantage in the series against Binghamton, which began in 2008. The last time these two teams played the Crimson downed the Bearcats 5-2 in 2011. To make matters
Meanwhile the Crimson also holds a 5-1 series lead against St John's. Harvard took the inaugural game between the two squads in 1941, while the Red Storm won the year following. Harvard hasn't lost against St. John's since, as it has enjoyed a four match winning streak, which began with a 7-0 win in 1997. The last time the two teams met, Harvard weathered the Red Storm 4-3 in 2010.
Movin' On Up
When the ITA rankings first came out on Jan. 3, Harvard was ranked No. 70, however since that time the Crimson have impressed the ITA pundits as the Crimson has dramatically. Last week Harvard was ranked No. 16, its highest ranking in almost a decade. This week Harvard dropped a few spots but is still the No. 20 ranked team in the nation.
Harvard is enjoying possibly its most successful season to date as the team has started the dual season 14-1. That is the best start it has ever had with that amount of wins. In 1966 the Crimson went undefeated (12-0) but the season ended with a singles tournament which was canceled and no other dual matches were played.
It has been well documented so far this season how impressive the class of 2015 has been, and as each week passes the list of contributions for its members continues to grow. While the early triumphs of Denis Nguyen, Alex Steinroeder and Henry Steer have been a reoccurring theme, just recently a new member of the class of 2015 has emerged as consistent contributor. Shaun Chaudhuri continues to impress as he debuted in the No. 3 spot for the first time this season against Boston College.
Senior Jon Pearlman has been a consistent leader for the Crimson this season, giving this young Harvard squad someone to look up to. That can't be demonstrated more than his performance during the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic two weeks ago. Because of weather constraints the Crimson were forced to play two matches in the same day. On that day Harvard competed in nearly nine hours of tennis and it's estimated that Pearlman, between singles and doubles, played over seven hours of tennis.