Men's Tennis Travels to Michigan, Michigan State this Weekend

Men's Tennis Travels to Michigan, Michigan State this Weekend
Matchup Harvard at No. 13 Michigan
Date Feb. 10, 2018
Time 1 p.m.
Venue Varsity Tennis Center
Live Stats Harvard vs. Michigan
Series Harvard trails, 0-5
Last Meeting L, 2-5 (2009)


Matchup Harvard at Michigan State
Date Feb. 11, 2018
Time 12 p.m.
Venue MSU Indoor Tennis Facility
Live Stats Harvard vs. Michigan State
Series Harvard leads, 3-1
Last Meeting W, 5-2 (2014)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team will hit the road for its second road trip of the spring season, heading to Michigan on Feb. 10 and Michigan State on Feb. 11 for two dual matchups. The matches are slated to begin at 1 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.

Last Time Out
The Crimson remains unbeaten at 6-0 this season, after defeating South Florida 4-3 at home on Sunday, Feb. 4. With the match tied, 3-3, the No. 1 spot went into thrilling extra sets action as Kenny Tao defeated the Bulls' Grayson Goldin 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2. Harvard has had its best start to a season since 2005.

Scouting Michigan
Michigan currently sits at No. 13 in the ITA rankings, registering a 3-1 record this season. Led by No. 3 ranked Alex Knight who has posted a 3-0 record in singles, the Wolverines recently fell to No. 3 North Carolina 2-4 on Jan. 28. Runhao Hua and Knight, who are ranked No. 9 in doubles, top the team at the No. 1 spot, undefeated at 2-0. Michigan currently has one other squad member ranked, Myles Schalet at No. 113.

Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State enters weekend play with a 3-4 record in the spring season, falling 4-0 last weekend to New Mexico. The Spartans finished 2017 at the bottom of the Big Ten standings, posting a 11-18 record. The two teams have not met since 2014 when the Crimson posted a 5-2 win.

Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in five of its six matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair senior co-captain Kenny Tao and Logan Weber are 4-1 this season, while senior co-captain Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou are 3-2 in the No. 2 spot.

In the Ranking
Andy Zhou was ranked 115th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Feb. 7. The junior Palo Alto, Calif. native is 4-1 in singles and 3-2 in doubles this spring season.

Scholarly Success
Xavier Gonzalez was named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar in November of 2017. As one of 31 Americans and four Harvard students chosen, Gonzalez will spend two years at the University of Oxford pursuing a Master of Science in mathematics. The Houston, Texas native is the fifth Harvard men's tennis player selected for the honor and one of 56 student-athletes at Harvard to earn the scholarship.

Fall Recap
Through five tournament appearances this fall, Harvard had several standout performances to carry into the spring season. At Harvard Chowder Fest Sept. 15-17, Kenny Tao finished as runner-up in singles, while Christopher Morrow and Logan Weber claimed second in doubles.

At Octoberfest, all members of the Crimson squad went undefeated in both singles and doubles play. Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhao had strong showings at the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 19-24, both advancing to the semifinals of the main singles draw. To cap off the season, Andrew Ball preserved perfection, tallying a 3-0 mark and lifting his overall record to 6-0.

Captains Elected
The Crimson elected Jean Thirouin and Kenny Tao as captains for the 2017-18 season. Thirouin returns for his second season as captain after posting a 22-10 mark in singles play last season. Tao finished the 2017 spring season with a record of 14-7 in singles play, including a 9-5 mark in the No. 1 spot.

Meet the Freshmen
The Harvard men's tennis class of 2021 includes Robert Wrzesinski (Vilnius, Lithuania/Vilniaus Adomo Mickeviciaus Gimnazija) and Constantin Zoske (Dusseldorf, Germany/St. Ursula-Gymnaisum). 

Last Year
Harvard finished its 2016-17 season with an 18-9 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference play. A seven-game win streak between the period of March 24 and April 16 elevated the Crimson to a .667-win percentage and its 29th Ivy League title.

Leading the Way
David Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 42nd season with the Crimson after coaching the men's tennis team to an 18-9 record last season and helping the Crimson to its 29th Ivy League title. Fish owns an all-time dual record of 684-313-1 and has led the Crimson to a top-40 finish in five of the last six seasons.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next?
The Crimson will prepare for the ECAC Championships, Feb. 16-18 in New Haven, Conn.