No. 28 Men’s Tennis Defeats Yale for Fifth-Straight Win

No. 28 Men’s Tennis Defeats Yale for Fifth-Straight Win

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 28 Harvard men's tennis team upped its win streak to five matches this afternoon, April 8, after defeating Yale, 4-3, at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The Crimson inched closer to its first 20-win campaign since 2012, improving to 19-3 on the season, 11-0 at home and 3-0 in conference play.

Harvard claimed a hard-fought doubles point after earning wins on courts three and one. Robert Wrzesinski teamed with Andy Zhou for the first time the season, securing a 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot to start doubles action. The Crimson's No. 1 doubles tandem Kenny Tao and Logan Weber then clinched the point with a 6-4 win over Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler to give Harvard a 1-0 lead.

Yale evened the score at one match each with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court four, before taking its first lead of the day after posting a 6-4, 6-4 win in the No. 1 spot. Andy Zhou answered with his 13th singles victory this spring, taking down Andrew Heller in the No. 2 spot in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

The Bulldogs then took a 3-2 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court five. Galen Lee seized the momentum back for the Crimson, tying the score at 3-3 following a 6-4, 7-5 triumph on court six to keep the match alive. 

With the match on the line, it came down to freshman Robert Wrzesinski in the No. 3 spot. Despite falling 3-6 in the first set, Wrzesinski battled back to claim his 10th-straight singles win and clinch the match for the Crimson, taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-2.

"It was a great Ivy League battle today," stated associate head coach Andrew Rueb. "Yale played at such a high level and pushed us to the limit. We had to dig deep for the win. I'm really proud of how the guys stepped up today without our captain in the lineup. Galen Lee deserves a special recognition for his big win at No. 6. He has worked so hard and his commitment to every phase of the game is paying off. He was the pivotal match on the day. Robert W. won the deciding match. It is never easy to be the last match on court for all the marbles, especially for a freshman, but he handled himself like a pro."
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The Crimson will travel to No. 15 Columbia and No. 47 Cornell next Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 for its final road trip of the season. Both matches are set to begin at 1 p.m.
1. Kenny Tao/Logan Weber (H) def. Andrienko/Doehler (Y), 6-4
2. Christopher Morrow/Grant Solomon (H) vs. Cheng/King (Y), DNF
3. Robert Wrzesinski/Andy Zhou (H) def. Zrgi Wang/Heller (Y), 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1

1. Dylan King (Y) def. Kenny Tao (H), 6-4, 6-4
2. Andy Zhou (H) def. Andrew Heller (Y), 6-3, 6-3
3. Robert Wrzesinski (H) def. Stefan Doehler (Y), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Zigi Wang (Y) def. Grant Solomon (H), 6-4, 6-1
5. Fedor Andrienko (Y) def. Constantin Zoske (H), 6-3, 6-4
6. Galen Lee (H) def. Ryan Cheng (Y), 6-4, 7-5

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 5, 6, 3*