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! 



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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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Harvard Men's Tennis Newsletter

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Dear HMT Family,

We are gearing up for the Ivy League season in April.  The hard work has been done in the weight room, on the track, and between the lines of the court.  Now it is the time to savor the competition and trust the training.  We travel to Cornell to play the Big Red this Saturday and on Sunday we face off against the Columbia Lions at 1pm in NYC.  Join us!  

ITA College Tennis Overview
This season in college tennis has featured more volatility than in any year in history.  The scuttlebutt is that no-add scoring and shortened doubles format are leading to more upsets.  This past weekend, #49 Vanderbilt beat #7 Texas A&M, #36 SMU defeated #5 Oklahoma State and #8 USC lost to #39 Washington.  Those kinds of results were unheard of in the past when the distance between the top teams and the middle of the pack was much greater.  The tennis world is getting flatter and the competitive margins are thinner.  Teams can go from the top 10 to out of the rankings in one year (Duke) and old powerhouses such as Stanford can struggle (currently ranked #43).
Our season has been no different—full of ups and downs.  We are 5-3 in contests that came down to the last match.  Our great wins against Vandy and Drake were highlights, while losses to St. John's and Cornell were lowlights.  We lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Denver on spring break but rallied back to beat a strong San Diego State Team the following day. 

We want to thank all our host families and parents for coming out and supporting the team.  What an amazing week of fun in La Jolla.  This trip is the highlight of the year and a well deserved reward for all the hard work over the long Boston winter (and all those freezing walks over the bridge)! We actually had more fans at the San Diego State match than the home team.  Thanks to parents for sponsoring dinners, host families for taking care of our boys, and to our alums whose contributions make this trip possible! 

The boys having lunch at a market in Rancho Valencia. 

Harvard Crimson vs. Old Dominion Monarchs
This past weekend, the #50 Crimson took on the #38 Old Dominion Monarch in a good old-fashioned dog fight. 

We lost the doubles point after getting our serves broken at 4-3 on all three courts.  ODU added to their lead with an an award-winning performance at the top of the lineup with their Swiss star, Adam Moundir, beating senior captain Nicky Hu decisively.  We marched back to win at the #4 and #5 positions in straights sets.  Andy Zhou, the freshman sensation, ripped into his opponent playing the kind of aggressive tennis that makes him so dangerous. Senior Kelvin Lam, Mr. Experience, outsmarted his Monarch foe by probing for weakness with his elastic forehand.  ODU rallied back to take #3 singles against Brian Yeung to put the Crimson in a 3-2 hole.  Sebastian Beltrame at #2 singles won the first set but fell behind 5-1 in the second set tiebreaker, before he worked his magic, rattling off six straight points to take the match and send the crowd into a frenzy.  All eyes then turned to freshmen, Chris Morrow, who was down 4-1 in the third set on court six.  With everything hanging in the balance, Chris started to play more aggressively instead of playing not to lose.  Since Chris is a Latin scholar the phrase,
Audaces fortuna iuvat, "fortune favors the bold," was the theme of his comeback.  He stormed back to take the match and was then mobbed by his teammates. Watch the video... 

ITA Point of the Year? 

We are nominating this point in our match against Amherst for ITA Point of the Year.  It is a doubles exchange with seniors Conor Haughey and Kelvin Lam coming out on top. It is on its way to becoming a viral sensation—don't miss it. Click here to view. 

Housing Day

When alums ask me about some of the changes at Harvard since our time (before the turn of the century), I always mention Housing Day. If you graduated roughly before 2000, you will want to read this article from the Harvard Gazette about this event, which is now a full-fledged extravaganza. This might come as a surprise to some of you (and those who were Quaded) but many students now cite this as their favorite day at Harvard.  This year, our freshmen were sent off to Kirkland, Dunster and Pfoho (Pforzheimer House, previously North House). 

You can always follow HMT on Facebook for great photos and articles or on Twitter for live-scoring on match days. The links are below. 

Best from Boston,

Andrew Rueb, Writer in residence
David Fish, Chair of the Racket Sports

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