Cambridge, Mass. – The No. 14 Harvard men's tennis team (11-1) remained undefeated at home after taking down Northwestern (6-4) and Boston University (3-5). The Crimson first took the 4-3 victory in a hard-fought match against the Wildcats before defeating the Terriers 5-0 in the nighttime matchup.
Harvard took the doubles point against Northwestern thanks to victories from the pairings of Jachuck/Shi and von der Schulenburg/Weber. Both doubles pairs defeated their opponents 7-6. Sophomore Harris Walker and first-year Henry von der Schulenburg defeated their opponents in straight-sets. Walker took down Chris Ephron, 6-3, 6-4, while von der Schulenburg was victorious over Nick Brookes, 7-6, 6-2. Sophomore Brian Shi's gave the Crimson the 4-3 victory, winning the third set tiebreaker after having the deciding match tied 3-3.
"Talk about a barn-burner," The Scott Mead '77 Head Coach for Men's Tennis Andrew Rueb stated about the Crimson's match against Northwestern. "Four hours of back and forth tennis! We've had so many close matches against Northwestern over the years and we just added another chapter to a great rivalry." Regarding individual performances Rueb added, "I can't say enough about Brian's mental toughness over the final set with everything riding on his match. All the hard work he is putting into his game is starting to pay off. The doubles point was key. This team has really embraced working on their doubles and keeps getting better every match. Special shout out to captain Logan Weber for stepping in today and helping capture the win at No. 3."
Against Boston University, Harvard once again started off strong, earning the doubles point once again off of victories from Jachuck/Shi and von der Schulenburg/Weber. Junior Constantin Zoske finished his singles match first, defeating Ethan Kolsky in straight sets in the No. 5 singles slot. Earning his first victory of the season was senior captain Galen Lee, who defeated Kirill Belov 6-1, 6-1 to put the Crimson up 3-0. First-years Ronan Jachuck and Alan Yim would both earn straight-set victories as well, in the No. 1 and No. 3 singles positions, respectively, to give Harvard the 5-0 victory.
- Walker and Zoske remain undefeated in dual match play with a 9-0 and 2-0 record, respectively.
- The doubles pairing of von der Schulenburg/Weber improve to 3-0 on the season with two victories today.
- Harvard remain undefeated at home, holding a perfect 6-0 record.
The Crimson will have a few weeks off, before returning to action with a string of matches in California. Harvard will face Pepperdine, San Diego, San Diego State and No. 5 Texas, Feb. 16-22.
vs. Boston University
1. No. 68 Ronan Jachuck def. David Bogatin, 7-5, 6-4
2. Harris Walker vs. Owen Lu, 6-3, 4-4 DNF
3. Alan Yim def. Pete Siozios, 6-0, 7-6 DNF
4. Robert Wrzesinski vs. Pedro Gutierrez, 6-0, 7-6
5. Constantin Zoske def. Ethan Kolsky, 6-2, 6-1
6. Galen Lee vs. Kirill Belov, 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4*, 1
1. Jachuck/Shi def. Bogatin/Lu, 6-2
2. Sun/Walker vs. Hartenstein/Belov, 4-3 DNF
3. von der Schulenburg/Weber def. Kolsky/Tan , 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. Brian Shi def. Steven Forman, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
2. No. 113 Dominik Stary def. No. 68 Ronan Jachuck, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
3. Henry von der Schulenburg def. Nick Brookes, 7-6, 6-2
4. Harris Walker def. Chris Ephron, 6-3, 6-4
5. Trice Pickens def. Robert Wrzesinski, 7-5, 6-2
6. Simen Bratholm def. Alan Yim, 7-5, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1*
1. Jachuck/Shi def. Bratholm/Brookes, 7-6
2. Ephron/Stary def. Sun/Walker, 6-3
3. von der Schulenburg/Weber def. Forman/Spear, 7-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1