With a record of 19-5 and a sweep of Ivy League play, Harvard men's tennis had one of its most successful seasons ever. Led by senior captain Brian Shi, the Crimson opened the season by seeing sophomore Henry von der Schulenberg win the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and closed regular competition with Shi's win over Yale to clinch the conference title.
No. 14 Men’s Tennis Falls Short of a Sweet 16 Berth in NCAA Tournament to No. 18 Stanford, Historic Season Comes to an End
No. 14 Harvard men’s tennis, who recently came off of an undefeated season in Ivy League play, an Ivy League Championship victory, and a first round win in the NCAA tournament to Monmouth, faced off against No. 18 Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, May 7, at the Murr Center in Cambridge, M.A. Knowing it was a win-or-stay-home scenario, the Crimson stepped up to the plate, and while they failed to secure the team victory, they stayed in it until the very last point.
No. 14 Harvard secured its 30th Ivy League title in an impressive 4-0 victory over Yale on Sunday, Apr. 24. The sweep concluded the Crimson’s undefeated conference record for the season and marks their first outright win since 2008.
The No. 13 Crimson stayed hot in Ivy League play as it extended its win streak to five after securing two victories in Cambridge this weekend. After a tough-fought 5-2 victory over No. 39 Princeton and a dominant 5-0 victory over No. 42 Penn, Harvard remains a perfect 5-0 in Ivy League play and 6-0 at home this season.
“One thing that our team has really come a long way in this semester is with our confidence and belief in ourselves,” said first-year Holly Fischer. “So I think that even though we were down, everyone who was playing was fighting so hard and really leaving everything out on the court.”
There were two main themes of this past weekend for No. 16 Harvard Men’s Tennis as it secured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship: composure and execution.
No. 24 Harvard ended the ITA Kickoff with a 1-1 record last weekend, facing off against No. 15 Pepperdine and No. 8 USC in Los Angeles. Following a crushing defeat by Virginia the previous weekend, Saturday’s nail-biter match against Pepperdine finally ended in a 4-3 victory for the Crimson. Harvard took three of six singles matches against the Waves, as well as two of three doubles matches.
Coming off two straight statement victories against the likes of Boston College and Georgetown, with a clean sweep across the board in both singles and doubles play resulting in final scores of 7-0 in each competition, No. 24 Men’s Tennis capped off it’s third match of January with a hard-fought 6-1 loss to No. 6 Virginia. The Crimson dropped five out of six matches in singles play. Senior captain Brian Shi recorded the lone victory in a back-and-forth, three-set match against Virginia’s Bar Botzer, winning 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
The Harvard men’s tennis team’s quest for the ITA Fall Nationals in San Diego continued at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship in Philadelphia this past weekend. After six days of exciting competition, the Crimson secured a doubles title when senior Brian Shi and first-year Daniel Milavsky edged out a tough Cornell duo in a heated contest. Along with the doubles title, Harvard had two of the four singles semifinalists in Milavsky and junior Harry Walker.
The Harvard men’s tennis team had a tough run at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American Championship, with only sophomore Henry Von Der Schulenberg reaching the main draw consolation bracket. The Crimson competed against colleges across the country on the campus of the University of Tulsa and Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Okla.
Men’s Tennis Shines in Triumphant Return to Competition, Von Der Schulenburg Captures Individual Title
After a one and a half year hiatus from all collegiate tennis competitions, the Crimson men’s tennis team came back with a vengeance this past weekend at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, where the team sent four of its top members to compete. Harvard capped off an incredibly strong showing at the tournament with sophomore Henry von der Schulenburg taking home the individual title in the singles bracket.
After twin victories over Northwestern and Boston University, the Crimson moved up to No. 11 in the Division I rankings, the team’s highest ranking since 1998 and its third-highest in history. This would be the final spot for Harvard mens’ tennis before the rest of the season was canceled due to the coronavirus.
After a dominating performance against Princeton, men's tennis reaches finals of ECAC tournament but eventually falls to Cornell.