#30 Harvard Men's Tennis: News and Views
In this issue:
Invitation to the H-Y Grudge Cup
5-2 Win over Michigan State
Spring Break La Jolla, CA Trip
Alumni Update: Dan Liss
Up Next: St. John's…live streaming…begins at 3pm this Sunday, March 30
Invitation to the Grudge Cup: Harvard v. Yale
Any former Crimson men's players are invited to come back to campus for the Grudge Cup on Sunday, April 20th from 10am-noon. This is the fifth year of the challenge cup and it is a great chance for alums to come out and play against their Bulldog counterparts. There will be a lunch following the morning tennis before the Varsity matches kick-off at 2 pm. We hope to have alums from every decade so this is not only for the recent grads. Please email Dave or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
Crimson downs MSU Spartans: Sunday, March 8th
Harvard is now 3-0 vs. the Big 10 and the Ivy League has now beaten 6 of the 10 schools in the conference (including Michigan and Northwestern). The landscape of college tennis is changing. Currently there are five Ivy teams in the top 50. You can read about the win in the gocrimson article by clicking here.
Spring Break: Harvard falls to Drake to 4-1 in Hilton Valley Classic Finals
We have just returned to campus where we were rudely greeted by 18 degree weather at Logan Airport. Our annual pilgrimage to La Jolla has become the highlight of the year. Who could beat the weather, the area and the tennis? We play/practice at all the area schools including San Diego State, University of San Diego and UCSD in La Jolla. The lads are housed by lovely area families who open up their amazing homes for the week. Many thanks to the Curtin, Seagren, Mottale, Jacobs, Stone and Muradi families!!!! You made it a week to remember.
We had lots of family, hosts and alums in attendance over the three-day tournament. A big thank you to all the parents who attended, including Cindy MacMaster, Dave MacMaster, Vivien Hu, Angie and Ben Ball, Bonnie and Bill Steinroeder, Doug and Christine Nguyen (as well as their boys: Derik, Scotty and Steve), Bob and --- Chaudhuri. The host families too brought the noise and cheered on the Crimson.
Harvard was the two-time defending tournament champions coming into the event, including a 4-3 nailbiting win over Drake last year. In the first round, we beat a strong Denver team, who had upset Florida in last year's NCAA tournament, 4-0. In the semifinals, we outlasted a rugged USD team 4-1 (they had downed Purdue the day before). In the other semis, the Drake Bulldogs had beaten a tough Memphis squad in the semifinals (Memphis had edged us 4-3 a few weeks earlier).
In the finals, Drake turned the tables on us and avenged their defeat from last year. Drake hit the ground running by garnering the doubles point and then put the pedal to the metal to take 4 of the first 5 singles to finish.
Alumni Update: Dan Liss '11
Dan Liss was our tennis manager for several years during his undergraduate days. He is an interesting and engaging character whom we have sorely missed since his days on campus. After working at Deutsche Bank in London, he left to help start Bama Covered – a company designed to help register people for the new health care initiative in Alabama. You can read about Dan (and see his photo) in this recent NY Times article.
Up Next: St. John's at 3pm this Sunday, March 30th
Come watch your Crimson play their last non-conference match against the St. John's Red Raiders. The match will be live-streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network at 3pm. So watch us live or check us out online.
Dinner at the Nguyen's home before heading back to campus on the red eye! See attachment if not viewable.