Michigan State, Bryant on Tap For No. 33 Men’s Tennis This Weekend
Andrew Ball leads all Harvard singles players with six dual wins this season (Photo: Dean Bauer).
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The No. 33 Harvard men's tennis team will close out a five-match homestand this weekend with its final two matches. Harvard, which carries a 6-4 overall record into the doubleheader, welcomes Michigan State and Bryant to the Murr Center Tennis Courts Saturday.
We'll Do It Live!
For the first time in the history of the Harvard men's tennis program, the team will offer live web streaming of select home matches for the 2014 spring season. The Crimson has the capability to stream home matches that take place in the Murr Center Courts.
The matches will be streamed live in HD quality on the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.
Harvard played host to No. 29 Northwestern, No. 22 Memphis, and Boston University Feb. 21-23. Behind strong singles play, taking four of six courts, the Crimson powered past Northwestern, 4-3. Freshman Brian Yeung clinched the win at the No. 4 spot.
On Sunday, the Crimson was unable to capture the doubles point against Memphis to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Despite three singles wins, including two in three sets, the Crimson could not overcome the early deficit, falling, 4-3.
Harvard's 25-24 singles record has been paced by Denis Nguyen, the 39th-ranked singles player in the ITA poll, at the No. 1 position. The junior leads the team with a 5-1 dual match ledger, suffering his first setback of the season to Memphis's Connor Glennon.
On the doubles court, the duo of Nguyen and Casey MacMaster combine to form the nation's 13th-ranked doubles pair, and own a 5-4 record while Nicky Hu and Brian Yeung are 4-4 in the second position and Sebastian Beltrame and Christo Schultz sit at 2-1 in dual play.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson enters the weekend with a 2-1 record when playing in Cambridge, Mass., this season. Harvard knocked off Northwestern and Boston University while falling to Memphis. Under head coach Dave Fish, Harvard owns an impressive 179-30 record at its home venues.
In The Rankings
In the most recent edition of the ITA rankings, Harvard dropped to No. 33 after going 2-1 Feb. 21-23, dropping a, 4-3, decision to Memphis:
Jan. 2 - No. 27
Jan. 21 - Tied for No. 26 with University of Michigan
Jan. 29 - Tied for No. 24 with Clemson University
Feb. 4 - No. 25
Feb. 18 - No. 24
Feb. 25 - No. 30
March 4 - No. 33
As of Feb. 25, Harvard singles player, Dennis Nguyen ranks 39th in the ITA followed by Sebastian Beltrame tied for No. 106 with Zack McCourt of Princeton. In doubles, Dennis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster rank 13th in the country.
Taking a look at Michigan State
Michigan State State enters Saturday's contest with a 5-6 record after dropping a tightly contested road match to Big Ten rival No. 26 Michigan, 4-3. It marks the second time the Spartans fell to a ranked opponent by a single point this season. Overall in singles this season, MSU holds a combined 37-21 record and has at least a .500 record on five of the six courts. In doubles, MSU is 17-12 overall. The squad is led by seniors Drew Lied who is 6-3 from the top spot in the lineup and Aaron Pfister who owns a 6-4 record in the second position.
All-Time Against The Spartans
Harvard and Michigan State will meet for just the fourth time in program history. The Crimson holds a slim, 2-1, advantage over the Spartans. The last meeting between these two programs dates back to 2004, when Harvard downed Michigan State, 4-1.
The Bulldogs carry a, 9-5, overall record into the weekend after most recently splitting a doubleheader in Bethlehem, Pa., Sunday, March 2. Bryant fell to Marist, 4-2, before cruising past host Lehigh, 4-1. The Bulldogs will take on No. 69 Buffalo Friday, March 7 before traveling to square off with the Crimson on Saturday. Senior Dana Parziale, leads the Tigers on the singles court with a 7-5 record in the top spot, while junior Ernesto Arguello owns a 4-1 record in the fourth spot. Parziale and Arguello also team up in doubles action to a team-best 4-1 mark.
The Crimson and Bulldogs will meet for the first time in program history.
Harvard will return to action as the Crimson travel to La Jolla, Calif., to compete in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic March 15-23.