Women’s Tennis Visits Maryland for First Road Contest

Sylvia Li leads the Crimson in singles wins with nine in 2011-12 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis goes on the road for the first time this spring when it travels to College Park, Md. to take on Maryland Feb. 4. 

The Crimson moved up to No. 60 from No. 63 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll after beginning the spring season with a convincing victory over Massachusetts. Harvard is highlighted by Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana who are ranked No. 25 in doubles. The tandem is 8-2 overall in 2011-12. Tachibana (2-2 singles) and Norton (6-1 singles) also played at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in singles play last weekend and are backed up by several Harvard players with impressive records. Sylvia Li (9-3) leads the Crimson in singles wins with nine and Camille Jania (8-3) is close behind with eight.

Last Time Out
The Crimson began the 2012 spring season by breezing past in-state rival Massachusetts, 6-1, at the Murr Center Jan. 29. Harvard jumped to an early lead by sweeping all three doubles matches and continued its momentum into singles play where the Crimson won five of six matches. Tachibana, Norton, Jania and Samantha Gridley all won matches in singles and doubles play during the day.

The Terrapins have three games under their belt with a clean sheet win over Howard, 7-0, and losses to Michigan, 5-2, and Notre Dame, 7-0. Maryland, which is ranked No. 41 in the Feb. 2 edition of the ITA Rankings, is led by Cristina Stancu. The Constanta, Romania native, who is ranked No. 28 by the ITA, is 9-4 in singles matches this season, including an 8-2 mark in fall tournament play. On the doubles side, Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus are off to a 7-4 start, garnering a No. 37 national ranking among doubles teams.

Next Up
Harvard begins a five-match home stretch with Boston College Feb. 9. The Crimson also faces Syracuse (Feb. 12), Boston University (Feb. 24), Furman (Feb. 25) and St. John's (March 10) at home before traveling to Orlando, Fla. during spring break.