Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Harvard Tennis: NCAA Championship Update: live action today

Harvard Tennis:  NCAA Championship Update

Denis Nguyen plays today at 3:30pm EST against Minnesota's top gun, Leandro 
Toledo, in the first round of the NCAA individual championships in Waco, TX. You 
can watch the match live on the Baylor site.   The championship singles draw can be found here.   With rain in the forecast, the match times will probably change so 
check the site for updates.  

Denis Nguyen and Brian Yeung will be competing against University of South 
Florida's top duo Pramming-Robert in first round doubles action on Thursday.  For 
their draw, you can click here.   

In the NCAA Team event, HMT went down in an epic thriller to Northwestern 
Wildcats in Norman, Oklahoma.  It was a tough pill to swallow with two team match points on our racket to advance to the final 32 for the fourth straight year. The match included a thunderstorm delay that pushed us indoors.  At 2-2 in the last set of the last match, a tornado warning delay forced us into a shelter for a 45 minutes.  We were so proud of their fight and heart all year.  At that point, we thought we had seen it all.  Obviously, that was before we arrived in Waco on Sunday night!   

Congratulations to Conor Haughey and Nicky Hu for being voted Co-Captains by their teammates for the upcoming 2015-16 season.  They are both deserving and will be great representatives of the HMT tradition.

Dave, Andrew and Tim
--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Friday, April 24, 2015

#34 Harvard Men’s Tennis (19-6): News and Views

#34 Harvard Men's Tennis (19-6): News and Views

 

In this issue:

Crimson beats Bulldogs and Bears 5-2

Dartmouth Rivalry this Saturday

 

Harvard vs. Yale

This past Friday, HMT travelled south on I-84 into the Bulldogs lair for the oldest of rivalries.  We had several legendary alums on hand, including Tim Hartch ('92) and Billy Stanley ('87) lending their support to the cause.  It was a rough start in doubles where Yale jumped on us from the opening bell with wins at #1 and #3.  Trailing 1-0 in the team score, the singles began with an improved focus and intensity.   At #2, Nicky Hu let loose a flurry of winners from his heavy forehand and strong one-handed backhand to notch the first win for the visitors.  Big boy (6' 5") Sebastian Beltrame put Harvard ahead at #3 with a straight set win, using his serve and forehand to control the court.  After Denis Nguyen was ambushed by Yale's terrific sophomore, Tyler Lu at the top singles spot, senior captain Alex Steinroeder would put us up 3-1 with a crafty win in the third set.  (Alex' game is what my old coach Lawrence Klieger termed the "veggie-matic" – relying on slices, dices, chops, cuts…  Alex has a big forehand and fantastic touch around the net.  But he is most known for his Tilden-esque backhand and forehand slices – indeed a lost art!   He finds a way to make his opponent uncomfortable with balls out of their strike zone, whether with an arching moon ball or deft angle drop shot.)  Freshman Kenny Tao would wrap up the day with a three-set win at #6 to secure a 5-2 victory. 

 

Harvard vs. Brown

Back in Cambridge last Sunday, the Crimson faced off on Senior Day against the Brown Bears.  After re-jiggering the doubles line-up, we finally won a doubles point in convincing fashion 3-0.   With a one point lead, the singles would quickly fall in our favor with straight set wins at #2, #5, #6.  Senior Co-Captain Alex Steinroeder clinched the win for the Crimson.  The remaining matches would all be close.  Denis Nguyen eked out a win against a tough senior at #1, but we dropped close matches at #3 and #4, to finish with a 5-2 victory.   

 

Crimson vs. Big Green

This Saturday is our final match of the regular season is against Dartmouth in Hanover at 2pm.  Harvard in second place, Dartmouth tied with Cornell for third place.  NCAA and bragging rights at stake!  Stay tuned! 


Our four seniors: Chaudhuri, Steinroeder, Nguyen and Steer!  We'll miss you!


And a group photo in front of New Haven's famous pizza place, Pepe's!  I'm still chewing!




--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HMT #34: Yale and Brown on tap this weekend/Senior Day on Sunday

 


​Frosh Kenny Tao and Grant Solomon taking charge...


In this issue:

Yale and Brown on Tap

Harvard downs #35 Princeton and Penn

Crimson Beats #48 Cornell but Falls to #22 Lions in Epic Battle

 

Yale and Brown on Tap

 

The Crimson heads south on I-95 tomorrow, Friday, to face the Yale Bulldogs at 1pm in New Haven.   Come out and support the team if you live in the area.  Sunday is Senior Day in Cambridge as we square off in the last home match of the season against the Brown Bears at 1pm.  Help us send off H'15s Henry Steer, Alex Steinroeder, Shaun Chaudhuri and Denis Nguyen in style! 

 

Harvard downs #35 Princeton and Penn

 

Last weekend, the Netters travelled to Penn and Princeton for a pivotal Ivy weekend.  Despite a blustery Philly day, we were able to hold off the Quakers 5-2 with strong performances from our freshmen – Kenny Tao (#5 singles), Grant Solomon (#6 singles) and Jean Thirouin (#2 doubles), who all garnered wins on the day. 

 

On Sunday, we faced off for the third time this season against the Tigers.  We had beaten them 4-2 at our place in the ECAC tournament and lost to them 4-3 on spring break.  This would be another heated contest.   Princeton started strong and won the doubles point with great wins at 1 & 3 doubles positions.   In singles, it would again come down to the wire.  Denis Nguyen and Sebastian Beltrame would give the Crimson two wins at #1 and #3 respectively, while Grant Solomon fell to an inspired Tiger at #6, which knotted the match at 2-2.  There was still plenty of drama left.   Nicky Hu got up two match points in the second set – but that was as close as he was to come, as he succumbed to full body cramps in the third.  Meanwhile, Brian Yeung was in the third set when his opponent fell and twisted his ankle – leaving him hobbled for the final frame.  Point to Harvard.  Now the match was 3-3.  On the upper courts, freshman Kenny Tao was playing for all the marbles, but had lost his first set.  Ironically, his Tiger opponent, Luke Gamble, had clinched the decider only a few weeks earlier on spring break.  Kenny plays with penetrating groundstrokes off both wings (in the mold of Derek Brown for all you older fans).  With Coach Fish counseling him to stay aggressive and come forward, Kenny was able hold his nerves in check and serve out the match to clinch the team win!    Click here for a full wrap up and all the scores.

 

Crimson Beats #48 Cornell but Falls to #22 Lions in Epic Battle

 

In the first Ivy weekend of matches, the Crimson topped a tough Cornell team 4-3, before failing to the Lions 5-2 at the Murr.  The Lions are having an incredible year, led by four seniors whom we we will be happy to see graduate!  It was another fantastic match with great crowd support and fantastic tennis.  The doubles point came down to the wire.  Our top pairing of Denis Nguyen and Brian Yeung, who are ranked #17 in the country, won quickly and put us ahead, but Columbia countered, edging out wins at #2 & #3 to secure the doubles point.  In singles, five of the six matches would be three set affairs, with all the matches up for grabs.  Nicky Hu was up a set and break only to fall at #2.  Sebastian Beltrame would save match points at #3 and battle back to victory while Grant Solomon did the same by saving one match point in the second to win.  Suffice to say, it was a barnburner, with both teams leaving it all out on the court.  Needless to say, while disappointed we couldn't pull off an upset, we were very proud of our guys.

 

You can find all the scores and highlights here.


Andrew Rueb

  


--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Friday, February 27, 2015

Harvard Climbs to #22 in National Rankings

Dear Crimson Tennis Family,

The Ivy League tennis world is not your father's Oldsmobile. There are THREE teams inside the top 25 of the national rankings and SIX teams inside the top 50!  We are living in a brave new world.  Read all about the latest rankings here. 

The Crimson will play their last home matches before spring break this Saturday against St. John's at noon and Boston University to follow.  

Join us at the Murr. 

Best,
Andrew and Dave

-- 
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#25 Harvard Men's Tennis wins the ECAC Title!

#25 Harvard won the ECAC Title last weekend by defeating Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth en route to the title.  Read all about the weekend.  





This weekend we are playing #34 Minnesota at 1pm on Saturday and #23 Vanderbilt at noon on Sunday at the Murr.  Come watch some great tennis.   Will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network, too!

Andrew and Dave

--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Friday, February 06, 2015

California Dreaming: #30 HMT (3-1) in San Francisco

California Dreaming:  #30 HMT (3-1) in San Francisco  

 

Hi All,

 

The season has just gotten underway and already we have been involved in some epic matches. 

 

The first matches of the season were held at the Murr Center where the Crimson handled the pesky Tribe from William and Mary 5-2 and then took it to Marist Red Fox in the second match of a double header 6-1.    Later in the week, we squared off against the Big Green in our annual scrimmage, which we won 5-2.   

 

It was a great first week of preparation before we left for San Francisco and the ITA Kick-Off Event at Cal-Berkeley.   Players came back in great shape and hit the ground running (literally) with our 200m fitness test (10 reps under 32 seconds with 60 seconds rest).   There were mental toughness sessions (for you older HMT players – the tennis journal is back in action!).  As well as a season opening banquet with the women's team (HWT). 

 

In California, the team trained for two days in Palo Alto, staying with alums and families in the area before heading into the city for our opening match against Cal.  We had massive support from friends, alums and family in the area – it almost felt like a home match.  Northern California has become a Harvard hotbed in the past few years with four of our current players from NorCal (as well as one of next year's terrific recruits).   Thanks to the Darcy and Mark Leschly and Larry and Cybille Scott for hosting team dinners as well as to all of you who came out to support us.  We might forget one or two names (please pardon us in advance). 

Albert and Dylan Chang '92

Pete Stovell '93

Sean Sullivan '95

Hank Holmes '57

Mark Leschly '90

Ryan Browne…can't recall his class at the moment! Apologies to RB!

Bill Washauer '71

Larry Scott '85

Sam Morshed '96

Ryan Clark '96

 

In our opening match against #15 Cal, it was a slugfest from the beginning.  Cal took the edge by snagging the doubles point, but the singles would go back and forth.  Harvard notched the first victory in singles at #3 with Sebastian Beltrame overpowering his Bear opponent Billy Griffith in straight sets. Cal would answer back and take #2 singles with a very experienced Bergavi defeating junior Nicky Hu 7-6, 7-5, putting them up 2-1.  The rest of the matches would all go the distance and be decided in the third sets.  Alex Steinroeder struck next for the Crimson by probing for weaknesses and finding an edge at #4 winning 6-3 in the third.  With the match tied at 2-2, Cal would strike next by winning at #5 as Brian Yeung fell 6-2 in the final frame.  With only the two matches on court, things looked up for the Crimson with #1 Denis Nguyen up two match points to even the match at the top spot while #6 Kenny Tao was 5-4 in the third set.  Unfortunately for Harvard, with freshman Kenny Tao still on court in the third at #6, Cal's top dog was able to twist out of Denis' choke hold on the match to clinch the match.   The effort was terrific from all the boys and certainly a good starting place for the season. 

 

In the next match against #28 NC State on Sunday, Harvard fought till the end with a few of the final bounces going our way.  The doubles was able to pull out the first point of the match with victories at second and third positions.  Singles would be another slugfest.  Sebastian Beltrame anchored the singles once again with a straight set win at #3 and Kenny Tao followed suit at #6 while Brian Yeung fell at #5 to give the Crimson a 3-1 advantage.  But the lead would quickly disappear.  Denis Nguyen was up again a set and a break but his opponent used relentless defensive wiles to stretch it out to capture the second and third set. #2 Nicky Hu battled bravely but also dropped the final frame, leaving the match knotted at 3-3 with senior captain Alex Steinroeder left on court.  Alex would get up an early break but the lead wouldn't last long as Beck Bond mounted a great comeback to lead 5-3 serving. With everything riding on the last match and all the fans screaming in the stands, the drama had only started.  Alex fell 30-0 on Bond's serve leaving the Wolfpack only two points from the match.  Steinroeder went for broke on a second serve return and gutted out a couple of points to wrestle the game to deuce – the deciding point in college's new (old) No-Ad scoring format.  Alex would break serve and then hold by also winning the crucial no-add point again – in all Steinroeder saved three match points and willed his way to the third set victory. 

 

HMT is on the road this weekend, facing off against Greg Patton's Boise State squad and Arvid Swann's Wildcats of Northwestern.   Both matches will be in Evanston, Illinois.  The following week we will be back to the Murr for the ECAC Championships.  Harvard will compete on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – stay tuned for exact times.  We hope to have a rocking crowd that weekend.

 

To follow all the latest breaking news – like us on Facebook at Harvard Men's Tennis.


--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 2015 Edition of HMT debuts tomorrow at 1pm against William & Mary at the Murr Center

Dear Team Crimson,

The 2015 Tennis Season gets underway this weekend at the Murr.  Watch us face the "Tribe" from William and Mary tomorrowSaturday January 17th at 1pm and later in the afternoon against the "Red Foxes" of Marist at 4:30pm.   We will also be scrimmaging Dartmouth on Monday at 11am.  Come out and watch this year's squad before we head out to Cal Berkeley for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Please follow us on Facebook - we have a new site (Harvard Men's Tennis) and will be posting throughout the season.  You can follow all the action here! 
https://www.facebook.com/harvardmenstennis

See you soon,
Andrew and Dave 

--
Dave Fish
Scott Mead Family Head Coach of Men's Tennis
Harvard University Dept of Athletics
Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St.
Boston, MA 02163
fish@fas.harvard.edu
GoCrimson Men's Tennis website
Harvard Men's Tennis blog