No. 26 Men's Tennis Returns Home for Three Contests

Matchup Harvard vs. No. 46 Old Dominion
Date Feb. 23, 2018
Time  4 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
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Series Harvard leads, 4-3
Last Meeting L, 0-4 (2017)


Matchup Harvard vs. Boston University
Date Feb. 23, 2018
Time 8 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
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Series Harvard leads, 14-0
Last Meeting W, 6-1 (2017)


Matchup Harvard vs. Northwestern
Date Feb. 25, 2018
Time 2 p.m.
Venue  Murr Center Tennis Courts
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Series Harvard trails, 5-9
Last Meeting L, 4-0 (2017)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After placing second at the ECAC Championships last weekend, the No. 26 Harvard men's tennis team returns home to welcome Old Dominion and Boston University on Friday, Feb. 23 and Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 25. Matches are slated to begin at 4 p.m., 8 p.m., and 2 p.m., respectively. All contests will be aired on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson competed in the ECAC Championships last weekend in New Haven, Conn., its first taste of Ivy League competitors this season. As the No. 2 seed, Harvard defeated Brown in the first round and Cornell in the second, both by 4-1 margins. Facing an undefeated Dartmouth team, the Crimson fell 4-1 in the finals.

In the Ranking
Harvard was ranked No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Feb. 20. This is the Crimson's highest ranking since the 2014-15 season, previously reaching No. 13. Harvard is one of three Ivy institutions in the top 50, with Columbia ringing in at No. 8 and Dartmouth at No. 14.

Doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber have found themselves a spot in the rankings as well, pulling in at No. 47. In the No. 1 spot for the Crimson, the duo is 7-3 this season, recently picking up three straight wins at the ECAC Championships last weekend.

Scouting Old Dominion
Old Dominion enters the weekend at No. 46 in the ITA poll, currently the only team ranked in its conference. ODU is coming off a 7-0 sweep of Richmond at home last weekend. At 6-4 on the season, the Monarchs are led by No. 109 ranked singles junior Aziz Kijametovic.

Scouting BU
BU holds a 6-3 record going into Friday's matchup with the Crimson. The Terriers are undefeated at home this season, picking up four of their six wins on home court. Freshman Pete Siozios leads singles play with a 15-6 overall record, while doubles tandem J.P. Avila and Owen Lu top the team at 6-2. BU was recently defeated by crosstown rival Boston College last weekend, falling 6-1.

Scouting Northwestern
Northwestern has started the season at 4-6 having already faced four nationally ranked teams. The Wildcats are led by their underclassmen as freshman Antonioni Fasano currently sits at No. 107 in the rankings with a 7-8 record in singles. Freshman Nick Brookes is also a notable contributor at 13-6 in singles action. Northwestern split its last weekend of play, picking up a win over Louisville while succumbing to IUPUI.

Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in eight of its 10 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team at 7-3, ranked 47th nationally.

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
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What's Next?
Harvard will take a two week break before heading west to California for the Mission Valley Spring Classic, March 15-17.