Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter

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Dear Harvard Tennis Family,

The 2015-16 season is in the books and it is time to look back on the year. While the team lost its last dual match to Dartmouth in a battle for second place in the league, there were many lasting memories and performances that deserve a special mention.

Graduating Senior Class from Left to Right: Nicky Hu, Kelvin Lam and Conor Haughey -We will miss you!


The Senior Edition of the HMT Newsletter:

The team voted captain Nicholas Hu and Kelvin Lam as the MVPs. Nicky has steadily worked his way from #6 & #7 in the line-up to be a stud at #2 last season and a force at #1 this year. There is no question that his drive, dedication and professionalism propelled him to his accomplishments. His move to the top slot was predicted by Brad Gilbert who had worked with Nicky a few times in Palo Alto at the beginning of his college career. Brad literally said Nicky will play #1 to both our former volunteer Eric Butorac and myself. When Nicky was struggling to make the line-up, Gilbert seemed over-confident and perhaps a bit in love with his coaching but now I will credit him as the Oracle at Delphi. Nicky also earned First Team All-Ivy in Singles and First Team in doubles with Brian Yeung (voted Second Team). Nicky will be heading out on tour this summer starting with the Futures in Hong Kong. He already has an ATP Point and is looking to increase his haul.

Kelvin Lam's senior story is probably even more impressive considering he was #10 on our depth chart last year. Kelvin finished an amazing 13-7 in dual matches this spring, mostly at #5 and #4 in the line-up. As Kelvin saw his senior year approaching, he knew it was his last shot to leave his mark and shifted into high gear by doing the hard off-season work he would rely on throughout the season. Kelvin has a wonderful feel for the game and is a gifted athlete but it was his new-found grit that precipitated his rise into the starting line-up. Off the court, Kelvin was a team favorite as he continually found ways to give to others. He was especially nurturing to the freshmen. We are so proud of his accomplishments this year. Kelvin will also be giving the tour a shot before settling into the work.

Captain Conor Haughey (pronounced like "Hoy" though our Irish alums like the Doran and Green families would happily correct our pronunciation to "Haw-hee" in the original Irish). Conor's tennis game has probably traveled the furthest distance in his four years in Cambridge. He was a multi-sport athlete growing up, focusing on hockey and football before specializing in tennis towards the end of his high school career. Undaunted by the challenge, he came to HMT and continued to win the Most Improved Player Award nearly every year. This season Conor moved up the ladder to start in a lot of doubles matches, pulling off a huge deciding win against Brown at #3 late in the season when the team most needed it. Conor is now famous for the the amazing doubles point with Kelvin that went viral earlier this year. With all of his experience playing team sports, he brought high standards, and showed the importance of competing as one unit. He and Nicky Hu were great captains, who both helped raise the professional habits of the team to new heights. Next year's captains have a tough act to follow!


Here is a link to the video wrap-up of the 2016 season featuring interviews with Coach Fish and Coach Rueb.

The Votes are in! I'm not talking about the Donald or Hillary. The team has voted on the 2017 captains and senior Sebastian Beltrame and junior Jean Thirouin have been elected for next year. Sebastian will be spending the summer playing futures and money tournaments in Italy where his father grew up. Jean is a rising junior who hails from France and is already working hard to get in great shape for next season. Congratulations to both of you and we are looking forward to working with you next year.

Reunions: If you are coming to Cambridge this May for your 5th or 50th Reunion (or any in-between!) Dave and I would love to see you! I've reached out to many of you personally, but in case we haven't caught up - do send us an email. We are hosting a tennis hit-around event for all classes on Saturday, May 28th from 3-5pm

Best From Boston,

Andrew and Dave




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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HMT Newsletter: Crimson vs. Big Green this Saturday at 2pm at Beren Tennis Center

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Dear Crimson Netters,

This is just a short update to let you know that we have an important match this Saturday at 2pm against the Big Green.  It is our last Ivy match of the season and a battle for second place in the league.  There is a possible birth in the NCAA Tournament on the line for both teams.  We have won our last four matches including two wins this past weekend against Yale and Brown. The team is starting to hit its stride.  We would love your support to help fill the stands this Saturday.



There was a great crowd (+200 people) this past Friday against Yale including some legendary alums such as Peter and Leon Palandjian, Mark Leschly, Rob Soni, Dave Ament, Jordan Bohnen, the entire Seaver clan, Rick Devereux, Jay Stack, Paul Sullivan, Christo Schultz (and now....please forgive us if we missed some of you in the stands). We so appreciate your support.  HMT beat Yale 5-2, but it was much closer than the score indicated.  Congrats to Jean Thirouin, Andy Zhou, Kenny Tao and Sebastian Beltrame for pulling out some big singles wins.  You can read about "The Match" in this write-up and video recap.  

Here is the "Photo of the Year" from Dean Bauer during our Princeton victory.  The match was tied at 3-3 when Sebastian hit a drop volley winner to give us match point.  Thanks Dean!  


 

Hope to see as many of you as possible this Saturday!

Coaches Rueb and Fish  

 

 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter: Harvard v. Yale

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Dear Crimson Netters,

Harvard beats Penn and Princeton
HMT resumed its winning ways by defeating Penn and #37 Princeton over the weekend at the Murr. The Princeton match was another classic, down-to-the-wire battle that has typified college tennis this year.  The Tigers quickly grabbed the lead by capturing the doubles point and put the Crimson in the unenviable position of having to win four of the six singles matches.  The freshmen, Andy Zhou and Chris Morrow, responded to the call by winning at #5 and #6 respectively in straight sets to put Harvard up 2-1.  Meanwhile, the top four singles matches went to third sets. Sophomore Kenny Tao (#3) and Senior Kelvin Lam (#4) would fall in the final frame while senior, captain Nicky Hu (#1) would rebound to win 6-4 in the third.  With the score knotted at 3-3, it was up to junior Sebastian Beltrame once again (he had been the last on court against Columbia only one week ago). With the fans in a frenzy and both teams lining the court, Sebastian was serving 5-3 for the match, only to get broken on a no-add deuce point/match point!  He was able to steady his nerves on the change-over and break serve right back for the win.  You can watch the video highlights of the weekend and read the full recap of the match against Princeton. 


Freshmen Perspective: Christopher Morrow
Watch Chris speak about his freshmen year experience and learn about his transition from a small village of 400 people in Tewkesbury, England to Harvard.  Watch here. 

Harvard vs. Yale. 'Nuff Said.  
Come watch the 92nd edition of "The Match" this Friday at 6pm at the Murr.  There will be great tennis and t-shirt give-aways. We would love your support! 



 


Thanks,

Andrew and Dave



 

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter: Penn and Princeton at the Murr This Weekend

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Dear Harvard Tennis Family,

This weekend features two big home contests at the Murr Center.  The Crimson will do battle with the Penn Quakers on Saturday at 1pm and the Princeton Tigers on Sunday at 1pm.  We hope to see you at the matches.  Alternatively, you can watch online at the Ivy League Digital network

There were a lot of alumni supporters at our heartbreaking 4-3 match at Columbia on Sunday.  We are so proud of how our team competed and conducted themselves under very difficult circumstances.  Thanks to everyone who came out to watch us including Mike Zimmerman '92, Josh Hausman '97, as well as Mac McAnulty and all the boys pictured below: Davis Mangham, Casey MacMaster, Alex Steinroeder, Henry Steer, Denis Nguyen and Jonathan Chu (from left to right).  



Here is snap from a recent spontaneous gathering in NYC with some of the alums from the 1990s: Kunj "Hammer" Majmudar, Vivek Matthews, Jose Hernandez Ore, Mike Passarella, Scott Clark, Josh "This Old" Hausman and Philly "Cheesesteak" Tseng.  



Keep swinging, 

Andrew Rueb Serve and Volley Expert

David Fish Slice Master


 

 
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