Sylvia Li was a winner in doubles and singles against St. John's Saturday afternoon (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Harvard opened the match with a 1-0 lead after cruising in three doubles matches. The Crimson's three pairs did not allow the Red Storm to win more than three games during the eight-game pro set matches.
On the singles side, The Crimson won the first three matches to accumulate the necessary four points needed to secure the match.
Tachibana continued the momentum she gained in doubles and rolled to a win in straight sets over Joanna Zwirbulis in the No. 2 spot. The Harvard junior did not allow Zwirbulis to take a game, as she won back-to-back 6-0 decisions.
After the match, the Harvard squad gave back to the local community by hosting a clinic featuring Wheelchair tennis. Mike Mercier, Harvard Head Tennis Pro and USTA New England Wheelchair professional, led the clinic that featured Merrimack Valley Academy of Tennis and Harvard players.
The Crimson will travel to Orlando, Fla. next weekend to take on Iowa March 17 and Central Florida March 18.
Doubles (3-0 Harvard)
1. Tachibana/Norton (H) defeated Selakovic/Austin 8-2
2. Morrill/Whelan(H) defeated Firat/Zwirbulis 8-3
3. Blosser/Li (H) defeated Thomas/Pogribnyak 3-0 (ret.)