CHICAGO,Ill.—The Harvard men's tennis team closed out its weekend in the Midwest with a 5-2 victory over Western Michigan this afternoon. The Crimson bounces back into the win column after dropping a match against Northwestern on Saturday, moving to 5-3 (0-0 Ivy) this season.
The Broncos took an early lead in doubles play, beating out Christopher Morrow and Lucas Koelle on court 3, 6-2. No. 53 doubles pair Andy Zhou and Logan Weber followed up with a quick 6-4 victory in the No. 1 position to even things up at one a piece for the Crimson. Robert Wrzesinki and Brian Shi ultimately sealed the doubles point for Harvard with a strong 7-5 win on court two to give the Crimson the advantage moving into singles.
Lucas Koelle was first to strike for Harvard, beating out the Broncos in the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-1. Robert Wrzesinski then outworked Western Michigan with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on court two to push Harvard out to a 3-0 lead. Brian Shi secured his first career match-clinching point with a straight-set 6-2, 7-5 victory on court three to decide the match for Harvard.
"Western Michigan was a formidable team with an excellent line-up. Coach [Dave] Morin does a great job, and it took a full team effort to beat them today," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "It was a great singles performance from Robert, Brian, Steven and Lucas to help us over the finish line."
-Harvard closed out the weekend 1-1, moving to a 5-3 (0-0 Ivy) record on the season.
-First-year Brian Shi secured his first match-clinching point with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the No. 3 position.
-Steven Sun remains untouched in singles play this season after going 2-0 this weekend against Northwestern and Western Michigan.
-This afternoon marks the first time the Crimson and the Broncos have met on the court in program history.
The Crimson takes on the ECAC Tournament next weekend, Feb 15-17, at Penn.
1. Jannik Opitz def. Andy Zhou, 7-6, 6-4
2. Robert Wrzesinski def. Lenhard Haupt, 6-3, 6-4
3. Brian Shi def. Jack Randall, 6-2, 7-5
4. Matej Svjetlicic def. Harris Walker, 7-5, 7-6
5. Steven Sun def. Peter Kuszynski, 7-6, 6-3
6. Lucas Koelle def. Nick Schnobel, 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3*, 5, 1, 4
1. Andy Zhou/Logan Weber def. Jannik Opitz/Kennosuke Nouchi, 6-4
2. Robert Wrzesinski/Brian Shi def. Lenhard Haupt/Jack Randall, 7-5
3. Nick Schnobel/Peter Kuszynski def. Christopher Morrow/Lucas Koelle, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,1,2