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  Ben Harknett
Ben Harknett

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Reading, England

High School:
Cheam School

Height:
6-2

Experience:
3L


Coach Smarr Says - "One of our two seniors, Ben will be our number 1 player this year. His game has improved tremendously over the last 3 years, his leadership on and off the court will be a determining factor on the success of this team."

Rice -- Fall 2006: Went 4-3 in the fall, earning a national ITA ranking of 50... Fall singles was highlighted by a 7-6, 6-3 triumph over then-No. 4 Lars Poerschke of Baylor... Advanced to the ITA South Central regional doubles semifinals with partner Filip Paroci.

2005-06: All-Conference USA Second Team (singles)... Cracked the ITA top 125 in singles for the first time in his career, earning a ranking of 122 in April... Finished the year with a 14-17 overall singles mark, including a 9-7 showing at No. 2 in duals... Posted a 17-12 doubles record, going 10-6 with newcomer Christoph Müller in duals... Enjoyed back-to-back upsets of then-36th ranked Roger Gubser of Texas and then-33rd ranked Peter Oredsson of SMU, both in straight sets, to close out the regular season.

2004-05: Earned first-team all-WAC doubles honors with Searle and second team in singles... Won his last four singles matches of the season, including a win over then-88th ranked Roger Gubser of Texas in the NCAA team championships... Went 15-8 overall in doubles with Searle, ending the season ranked 55th... Posted a perfect 3-0 in singles matches at the WAC championship tournament... Advanced to the A flight finals of the Crowne Plaza Rice Invitational, falling to teammate Tony Haerle.

2003-04: Joined the Owls in January 2004 and made an immediate impact... In just his fourth match as a collegian, rallied to defeat Stanford's Carter Morris 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the clinching match as Rice upset the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif... Defeated Jorgen Vestli of South Alabama to help the Owls advance to the round of 32 in the NCAA championships... Teamed with Searle to go 13-3 at number-three doubles, including wins against Stanford, Washington, Texas and LSU.

High School -- 2003 graduate of Cheam School in Surrey, England... Ranked in the top 20 in under 18s in Great Britain... Represented Great Britain in overseas competition... Achieved a world ranking in doubles.

Personal -- Full Name: Benjamin Steven Harknett. Born: Oct. 25, 1985, at London, England. Parents: Steve and Shena Harknett of Reading, England (one brother, one sister). College: Wiess.

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