Though the French Open didn’t kick off until Sunday, the Harvard club tennis team faced some big-time competition of its own earlier last weekend.
The Crimson placed an impressive sixth out of 64 teams at the USTA National Campus Championships on April 6-9 in Cary, N.C., while UCLA took home the national title, winning its final match against Florida, 30-19.
Harvard started off the weekend strong, coming out of the round robin stage of play as the top team in Pool G. With this impressive start, the Crimson earned recognition as one of the nation’s top 16 teams and a chance to compete for a national title in the tournament’s elite Gold Bracket.
Harvard continued its strong start in elimination play, defeating Missouri in the Round of 16, 27-15. But unfortunately for the Crimson, the team fell in the quarterfinals to UCF, 30-19. Harvard picked up another win in consolation play, taking down Duke, 29-19. UC Santa Barbara kept the Crimson out of the top five, winning what was both teams’ final match of the weekend, 26-19, but the win over the Blue Devils earned Harvard sixth place recognition.
Full tournament results can found here.