CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's tennis team opens the three-day 2018 ECAC Championship tournament at Yale this weekend, Feb. 16-18. Seven of the eight Ivy institutions will take part in the championship. The Crimson heads into the tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 7 Brown in the first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Friday, February 16
Match 1: No. 4 Princeton vs. No. 5 Yale Time: 9:00 a.m.
Match 2: No. 1 Dartmouth vs. No. 8 Monmouth Time: 12:00 p.m.
Match 3: No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 7 Brown Time: 3:00 p.m.
Match 4: No. 3 Cornell vs. No. 6 Penn Time: 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17
Match 5: Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2 Time: 9:00 a.m.
Match 6: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 Time: 12:00 p.m.
Match 7: Loser of Match 3 vs. Loser of Match 4 Time: 3:00 p.m.
Match 8: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4 Time 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18
Match 9: Loser of Match 5 vs. Loser of Match 7 Time: 8:00 a.m.
Match 10: Loser of Match 6 vs. Loser of Match 8 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Match 11: Winner of Match 6 vs. Winner of Match 8 Time: 1:00 p.m.
Match 12: Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 7 Time: 4:00 p.m.
About the ECAC Championship
At last year's ECAC Championship tournament, the Crimson tallied a 1-2 record. Harvard opened play with a hard fought 4-2 loss to Princeton. The Crimson then bounced back on day two with a 4-0 shutout win over Yale, before falling 4-2 to Penn on the final day of competition.
Dartmouth enters the tournament undefeated at 9-0, with Brown and Harvard following closely behind at 7-0 and 7-1, respectively.
Last Time Out
The Crimson split the weekend with a 1-1 record, bringing its overall tally to 7-1. No. 13 Michigan handed Harvard its first loss of the season on Friday, Feb. 10, defeating the Crimson 4-0. Harvard regrouped with a 4-1 win over Michigan State the following day. Grant Solomon and Andy Zhou won both their singles and doubles match ups over the Spartans.
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in seven of its eight matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 3 doubles pair Christopher Morrow and Grant Solomon lead the team at 5-3 this season, while Kenny Tao and Logan Weber at No. 1 and Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou at No. 2 are both 4-3.
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 5-2 in singles and 4-3 in doubles this spring season.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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Harvard returns home for three dual matches the weekend of Feb. 23-25. The Crimson will take on a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 23, facing Old Dominion at 4 p.m. and Boston University at 8 p.m. The men will round out the weekend against Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. All matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.