Men’s Tennis Begins Season with Sweep Over Purdue and Army

Brian Shi Action Shot
Photo Courtesy of Zack Williamson

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Harvard men's tennis team moves to 2-0 on the season after defeating both Purdue (0-1) and Army (0-1) 7-0. The Crimson only dropped five sets during the entire day of play.

In its first match of the day against Purdue, Harvard went a perfect 8-0 in all matches that finished. The first and second doubles pairings of Jachuck/Shi and Sun/Walker clinched the victory for the Crimson with 6-1 victories over their Purdue opponents. Junior Robert Wrzesinski secured the overall win for the Crimson with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Sebastian Welch. First-years Ronan Jachuck, Henry von der Schulenburg and Alan Yim also each earned their first spring victories in a Crimson uniform.

"It was a solid start to the season. There is a lot of work ahead but I was proud that our team competed with poise right from the first ball. This team has a lot of heart and fight and it will be fun to watch them grow as the season progresses," said the Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb. "It was nice for all three of the first-years to notch a win in their first matches in a Crimson uniform."

Harvard continued its dominance with another sweep over Army, only dropping one doubles match. Sophomore Steven Sun defeated Nikita Larichev, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9 in his first match of the 2019-20 season. The pairing of Jachuck/Shi clinched the doubles victory for the Crimson with a 7-6(4) victory over Army's pairing of Conlin/Woodman while Yim defeated A.J. Woodman in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, to secure the overall victory for Harvard.

On Harvard's experience at West Point, N.Y., Rueb stated, "It was a memorable experience for the team to spend a weekend on base at West Point. It is a special institution with a great tradition of excellence. Our students stayed with officers on the base, ate lunch in the mess hall, watched training and toured the grounds. We are very grateful to Coach Poling and Coach Rowley for rolling out the red carpet."

Harvard Highlights

  • ­­von der Schulenburg and Yim both won each of their singles matches in straight sets.
  • Sophomore Brian Shi, who missed the entirety of the fall season, remains undefeated in the No. 2 singles slot.
  • The Crimson now hold a 4-3 lead in the series against Purdue.

Up Next
Harvard will return home to the Murr Center Tennis Courts on Friday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 26 for matches against BYU and Minnesota, respectively. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN3.

vs. Army – Singles
1. Ronan Jachuck def. Myles Conlin, 6-1, 6-2
2. Brian Shi def. Diego Hutterpain, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5
3. Henry von der Schulenburg def. David Gorshein, 6-1, 6-4
4. Steven Sun def. Nikita Larichev, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9
5. Alan Yim def. A.J. Woodman, 6-2, 7-5
6. Constantin Zoske def. Thomas Lake, 6-1, 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 5, 2, 4  

1. Jachuck/Shi def. Conlin/Woodman, 7-6(4)
2. Weber/Wrzesinski def. Lake/Larichev, 6-3
3. Gorshein/Hutterpain def. von der Schulenburg/Zoske, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1 

vs. Purdue – Singles
1. Ronan Jachuck def. Athell Bennett, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2. Brian Shi def. Mateo Julio, 7-6 (4), 6-5
3. Henry von der Schulenburg def. Maksymilian Rupuk, 6-2, 7-6(3)
4. Harris Walker def. Tomasz Dudek, 6-2, 6-2
5. Robert Wrzesinski def. Sebastian Welch, 7-5, 6-3
6. Alan Yim def. Franz Luna, 6-2, 6-3

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 3, 5, 2, 1 

1. Jachuck/Shi def. Bennett/Saborio, 6-1
2. Sun/Walker def. Dudek/Raupuk, 6-1
3. Weber/Wrzesinski vs. Julio/Welch, 4-3 DNF

 Order of Finish: 1, 2