After two months without match play, the Harvard tennis team didn’t show any rust this weekend, putting on a nearly perfect display at the Harvard Winter Invite. The Crimson hosted Fordham and Marist from Friday through Sunday at the Murr Tennis Center, and Harvard won 22 out of 26 matches in singles play and 10 out of 12 doubles matches.
Despite opening its dual season with a 3-1 record, Harvard (4-3, 1-1 EIWA) went 1-2 at Saturday’s Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas, sandwiching its 27-12 win against Air Force between its two losses to Appalachian State and No. 12 Oklahoma, 22-21 and 28-9, respectively.
Four Crimson wrestlers finished with an 4-9 overall record at the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship, held Wednesday through Thursday in Evanston, Ill. Junior Steven Keith nabbed Harvard’s top result of eighth place at 133 pounds.
Just as top players such as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have struggled against the dominant forces of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the past, the Harvard tennis team’s best was not enough to defeat its toughest Ivy League opponents.
For the past several years, the Harvard wrestling team has struggled, but a few of the squad’s standouts have salvaged the season by performing successfully on an individual basis. This season was no different.