Nguyen and MacMaster Set to Compete at NCAA Championship
Nguyen will compete in the singles and doubles championship (photo courtsey: Harvard Athletic Communications).
Junior Denis Nguyen and senior Casey MacMaster will travel to the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., to compete in the 2014 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship. Nguyen received an at-large bid to compete in the 64-player field for singles and will pair up with MacMaster on the doubles court in the 32-team draw.
In his first singles championship appearance, 39th-ranked Denis Nguyen is set to compete in the first round of play Wednesday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m. The Anaheim, Calif., native will take on No. 40 Lloyd Glasspool of Texas. On the doubles court, Nguyen and MacMaster will take on Alabama's duo of Becker O'Shaughnessey and Danill Proskura, the seventh-ranked team in the country, Thursday, May 22.
Playing out of the top spot in the singles lineup, Denis Nguyen posted an 11-5 mark for the season. Nguyen defeated 10 ranked opponents during the year, including victories over Illinois's Jared Hiltzik (then-No. 7) and Raleigh Smith of Northwestern (then-No. 39).
It Takes Two
Nguyen and MacMaster enter the tournament ranked 19th in the most recent ITA rankings. The tandem posted a 22-10 record in the 2013-14 season.
No. 31 Harvard finished second in the Ivy League behind No. 16 Columbia with a 17-6 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson earned a postseason bid to mark the 23rd time in program history as Harvard earned a 4-1 win over No. 42 Auburn before falling to No. 2 Oklahoma 4-0.
2014 All-Ivy Honors
Following a strong 2014 campaign, the Harvard men's tennis team yielded six All-Ivy League honors. Junior Denis Nguyen collected the third All-Ivy singles nod of his career, garnering unanimous first-team honors for the second straight season, and was joined by doubles partner Casey MacMaster on the first team doubles squad for the second year in a row.
Ivy League Representatives
Denis Nguyen and Columbia's No. 17 Winston Lin are the only two Ancient Eight players to earn a bid to the singles competition, while Nguyen and Casey MacMaster are joined by Columbia's 12th-ranked duo of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur on the doubles court.