No. 27 Men’s Tennis to Host Doubleheader Saturday

Matchup Harvard vs. Buffalo
Date March 24, 2018
Time 12 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
Watch Ivy League Network
Series Harvard leads, 2-0
Last Meeting W, 4-3 (2017)


Matchup Harvard vs. Marist
Date March 24, 2018
Time 4 p.m.
Venue Murr Center Tennis Courts
Watch Ivy League Network
Series Harvard leads, 2-0
Last Meeting W, 4-0 (2002)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final weekend of non-conference play before Ivy League action begins, the No. 27 Harvard men's tennis team will welcome Buffalo and Marist to Cambridge on Saturday, March 24. The Crimson is set for a doubleheader with dual matches slated to begin at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson registered a 2-1 record at the San Diego Spring Classic last weekend, March 15-17. After defeating San Diego State, 5-1, and No. 37 Texas Tech, 4-2, to advance to the final championship round, Harvard fell to No. 24 Memphis, 4-2. The Crimson added two doubles points to its tally, now having dropped only four all season. Freshman Robert Wrzesinski had an impressive weekend, notching an undefeated record throughout the tournament by posting a 3-0 mark.

In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 27 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on March 20. The Crimson previously reached its highest ranking of the season at No. 23 the week of March 6. Harvard now ranks second among five Ivy institutions in the top 50, with Columbia ringing in at No. 17, Dartmouth at No. 28, Cornell at No. 41 and Princeton at No. 46.

Doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber have found themselves a spot in the rankings as well, pulling in at No. 77. In the No. 1 spot for the Crimson, the duo is 9-6 this season.

Rookie Rob
Freshman Robert Wrzesinski completed a stellar performance in the No. 5 spot for the Crimson last weekend, recording a shutout with three wins in singles play, two of which were match-clinching victories. Over the course of the San Diego Spring Classic, Wrzesinski notched a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 37 Texas Tech to advance the Crimson to the finals of the tournament. The Vilnius, Lithuania native is now 15-7 in singles play in his first season at Harvard.

Home Cooking
With two matches at home this weekend, the Crimson looks to extend its unbeaten streak on home court. Half of Harvard's 14 wins this season have come at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. Over the course of those seven wins, Harvard has outscored its opponents 33-16. The last time the Crimson went undefeated at home was in 2012 when its posted a 12-0 mark.

Scouting Buffalo
Buffalo comes to Cambridge with a 7-5 record, having split contests to Western Michigan and Toledo its last time out. The Bulls have gone 0-2 when facing Ivy League opponents this season, falling to Dartmouth (4-0) and Princeton (4-3), and will face Cornell on March 22 before heading to Harvard. Sophomore Hao Sheng Koay leads Buffalo in singles with a 5-2 record, while Petr Vodak and Vidit Vaghela top doubles with a 7-1 mark.

Scouting Marist
The Red Foxes won three straight to start the year, but have lost their last two matches to sit at 3-2 on the season. Marist faced Yale their last time out with the Bulldogs sweeping in doubles and winning five out of six singles matches. Despite a three-set win against Yale's No. 2 spot by senior captain Rudolf Kurz, the Red Foxes fell to Yale, 6-1.

Doubles Dominant
Harvard has been dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point in 12 of its 16 matches this spring season. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles pair Kenny Tao and Logan Weber lead the team at 9-6, ranked 77th 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
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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What's Next?
The Crimson will face Dartmouth at home on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. for its first Ivy League test of the season. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.