Six Players and Two Doubles Teams Advance to Finals of Harvard Fall Invitational

Six Players and Two Doubles Teams Advance to Finals of Harvard Fall Invitational

Amy He advanced to the finals of her singles flight and her doubles draw (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's tennis team continued its success on day two of the Harvard Fall Invitational, seeing six individual members and two doubles teams advance to the championships of their respective flights.

Amanda Lin, Hideko Tachibana, Hai-Li Kong, Crystal Yen, Kristin Norton and Sylvia Li all advanced to the finals of their respective flights, while Hannah Morrill and Amy He will face each other in the third-place match of the red flight. In doubles action, the teams of He and Norton and Lin and Li also reached the championship match of their draws.

In the blue flight, Tachibana topped Boston University's Lauren Davis, 6-2, 6-1, and Kong outlasted Heini Salonen, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, to set up a finals showdown between the two teammates.

The same thing occurred in the green flight as Norton topped Sami Lieb of BU, 6-2, ret., and Li prevailed over Julia Casselbury of Boston College, 6-4, 7-6.

In the yellow flight, Yen breezed past Megan Guidry from NJIT, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the championship against Kim McCallum from BU.

Sylvia Lin made quick work of Martina Tripcovici, 6-0, 6-2, to continue her run to the orange flight finals, where she'll face a Terrier, as well, in Madison Craft. Natalie Blosser also won in the orange flight, defeating BU's Kendal Drake, 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles action, He and Norton prevailed over the Eagles' tandem of Casselbury and Dalton, 8-1, which means they'll take on the Highlanders' Kuzmenko and MacDonald in the crimson doubles finals . Lin and Li also bested a duo from BC, Kelleher and Salonen, 8-1, and will face another pair of Eagles in Vasilyev and Kaupilla in the finals.

Play resumes at 9 a.m. tomorrow to conclude the three-day event.

 Day One Recap

Eight of the nine Harvard singles players and two of the four doubles teams advanced to the semifinals of their respective flights on the opening day of the Harvard Fall Invitational Friday.

In the red flight, Amy He bested Carolina Zanotta of New Jersey Institute of Technology, 6-0, 6-2, while Hannah Morril topped the Highlanders' Natalia Melibeu, 6-2, 7-6.

Sylvia Li prevailed over Monica Graff of NJIT, 6-2, 5-7, 10-5, in the green flight, while Kristin Norton advanced to the semifinals of the flight with a bye.

Freshman Hai-Li Kong outlasted Ksenia Kuzmenko of the Highlanders, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 14-12, to move on, and Hideko Tachibana received a bye to the semifinals in the blue flight.

Crystal Yen will play in the semifinals of the yellow flight after earning an opening round bye.

In the orange flight, Harvard suffered its lone singles defeat of the day as Boston University's Madison Craft eeked out a win over Natalie Blosser, 7-5, 6-4, while Amanda Lin progressed to the second round with a bye.

On the doubles side, Lin and Li knocked off Boston University's tandem of Craft and Lauren Davis, 8-2, in the Harvard flight. The top half of the bracket saw Tachibana and Morrill fall to Boston College's Katya Vasilyev and Ina Kauppila, 8-4.

The crimson doubles flight had Norton and He breeze past the Terriers' Kendal Drake and Marina Fileva, 8-3, while Yen and Kong were edged by BU's Kim McCallum and Sami Lieb, 9-8 (5).

Action continues bright and early Saturday with matches set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Murr Center.