The trio of freshmen will look to help Harvard to its third
straight NCAA tournament appearance (Harvard Athletic
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dave Fish, The Scott Mead ’77 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Tennis, announced the addition of three freshmen to the men’s tennis roster for the 2013-14 season. The three freshmen hail from California, Florida and China.
The incoming trio of players will bolster a Harvard team that captured its second straight Ivy League title in 2013. The 2012-13 Crimson was ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation and posted a 6-1 league record to secure the Ivy crown. Harvard captured the title at the Mission Valley Spring Classic for the second straight season, and also qualified for the NCAA tournament for the second time in as many years. In the opening round of the tournament, Harvard disposed of Samford, 4-0, and secured the doubles point in a 4-1 loss to tournament host No. 10 Mississippi State.
Here is a look at the Harvard men’s tennis class of 2017:
Andrew Ball - Palo Alto, Calif. - Menlo
Bill Talbert National Tennis Sportsmanship Award winner in 2011 … All-American national tournament Team award winner in 2011, 2012, 2013 … League MVP in 2011, 2012 … Captain junior and senior year … CCS high school champions in 2010- 2013 … NorCal high school champions in 2010- 2013 … National Invitational All-American High School Tournament Champions in 2010, 2012 … Team record of 110-2, both losses coming in the finals of the national tournament … Buddied up with Special Olympics athlete at Special Olympics in 2010, 2012 … Honor Roll student … Also enjoys guitar, reading, video games, and board games … Father Ben Ball ’91 and uncle Stan Christensen MBA ’91 also attended Harvard.
Sebastian Beltrame - Windermere, Fla. -
2013 National Open Singles Champion … Ranked No. 23 nationally … ATP ranking of No. 1581 at the future in Vero Beach, Fla. … Florida 4A High School State Champion junior year … Singles and doubles runner up senior year … Team MVP junior and senior year … Player of the Year in Central Florida junior and senior year … Ranked No. 5 in Florida in U18 division … Four year starter and letter winner … National Honor Society member as well as Salutatorian … Also enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, piano, reading, and listening to music.
Represented Hong Kong and played No. 1 singles in the team to participate in Jr. Davis Cup World Finals by BNP Paribas … Represented Hong Kong at World Junior Tennis Tournament in Kuching in 2009 … Two singles titles in ITF World Junior Tournaments … Five doubles titles in ITF World Junior Tournaments … Doubles quarterfinalist in Australian Open Junior Championships in 2013 … ITF junior ranking of No. 82 … ATF ranking of No. 1606 … Ranked first in Hong Kong junior tennis U18 in 2012 … Ranked fourth in Hong Kong national men’s singles in 2012 … Team captain in 2012-13 as well as vice-captain in 2010-11 and 2011-12 … HK Schools Sports Federation Bauhinia Bowl Award - Outstanding Tennis Athlete 2010-11 & 2011-12 … Hong Kong Sports Institute Outstanding Junior Athlete Award winner in second quarter 2011 … Outstanding Performance in China National 7th All City Games 2011 (Silver Medal) by HKSAR 7th All City Games Committee … A.S. Watsons Group Student Sports Award 2011-12 ... Six titles for the school in Inter-School Competitions Division 1 … Represented Hong Kong and won Silver medal in 7th China National All City Games in 2011 … Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in music performance of Violin … Associate of Trinity College of London in music performance of Violin (with Distinction) … Sport Ambassador of the 4th Hong Kong Games … Also enjoys violin, music, and golf.