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The members of the Harvard men’s tennis team will hang up their rackets until January after traveling to the University of Georgia this weekend to compete in the annual Bulldog Scramble.
Co-captain Nicky Hu and junior Brian Yeung knocked off Texas Tech’s second-seeded duo of Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares at the ITA All-American Championships before falling in the second round.
Doubles pair of junior Sebastian Beltrame and senior Nicky Hu, shown here in previous action on April 19, 2015 against Brown, look to lead the Crimson back to the NCAA tournament. However, the team will have to get through a tough Ivy League schedule to get back to the playoffs.
Freshmen Michael Peters and Christopher Morrow continued their fine starts to their Crimson careers against MIT on Saturday morning, a match in which Harvard teamed up with Dartmouth men’s tennis to play the Engineers.
Of the 13 on the roster, four were at Yale for the Connecticut State Championships, while seven made the trip down to Princeton for the Ivy Plus Tournament. Two other players, junior Sebastian Beltrame and sophomore Kenny Tao, were sidelined with minor injures, but should be back on the court as early as next week, according to Fish.
This past weekend, the Harvard men’s tennis team kicked off its fall season by hosting the UTR Boston Open, which brought together local college players, top Boston-area juniors, as well as current and former ATP professionals.
After multiple weather delays that lengthened the match to six hours, the Crimson narrowly fell to Northwestern in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
On paper it seemed like Dartmouth (14-10, 5-2) had pulled off a major upset against the Harvard (19-7, 5-2) men’s tennis team. The No. 45 Big Green beat the No. 34 Crimson, 4-3, at the Boss Tennis Center at Dartmouth, leaving both schools tied for second place in the Ivy League behind champion Columbia.
Winning matches against both Yale and Brown this weekend, the Crimson solidified its spot at number two in the Ivy League.
The No. 34 Harvard men’s tennis team (17-6, 3-1 Ivy League) will finish its regular season with matches against Yale on Friday and Brown on Sunday.
Sophomore Sebastian Beltrame and his doubles partner Nicky Hu won their match against Cornell’s Sam Fleck and Colin Sinclair, 6-4.
In its Ivy League openers, the No. 36 Harvard men’s tennis team split a hotly contested pair of matches, taking down No. 55 Cornell, 4-3, on Saturday, but falling short against No. 28 Columbia on Sunday.
Harvard sophomore Brian Yeung, pictured above in action against Michigan State on March 8, 2014, defeated Amherst's Andrew Yaraghi in three sets while playing out of the first position on Saturday.
The Crimson has a strong foundation of underclassmen on its side— led by sophomore Brian Yeung and freshman Grant Solomon—who helped carry the team to victory in its matches on Saturday.