Amy He rallied to earn her second singles win of the season (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of freshmen women's tennis players picked up wins for Harvard, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson fell to Kansas State, 5-2, Sunday morning at the Murr Center.
No. 2 Amy He and No. 4 Amanda Lin both earned singles victories; however, the No. 64 Wildcats took the doubles point and the other four singles matches to drop the Crimson to 1-2 on the season.
Lin posted a convincing victory at the No. 4 position, jumping out to a 4-0 advantage before trading the final four games to win the first set, 6-2, over Carmen Borau Ramos. She carried the momentum into the second, sweeping the Kansas State senior, 6-0, to earn her team-leading 12th win of the year.
He outlasted her opponent in a back-and-forth affair. After jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, she allowed Karla Bonacic to close within 5-4. The rookie was able to regain her form and break the senior's serve to earn a 6-4 victory. In the second, she fell behind early and lost, 6-1, to send the match to a deciding third set. He was able to break Bonacic twice with the match on the line, trailing 5-4 and 6-5, to send the match to a tiebreak. She trailed 2-0 but bounced back to close out Bonacic, 7-5.
In doubles play, the Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead at No. 2 and never looked back in an 8-1 win to force the Crimson to win the final two matches to earn the pivotal point.
At No. 3, Hideko Tachibana and Hannah Morrill took a commanding 5-2 lead to give the Crimson hope of earning the doubles point for the third time in as many matches, but it wasn't meant to be two courts over at No. 1.
Harvard's Kristin Norton and He traded the first six games with Petra Niedermayerova and Bonacic; however, the Kansas State duo won four straight games to break the match open and ended the match, 8-4, with Tachibana and Morrill leading 7-5 and needing a single point to close out their match.
After dropping the doubles point and singles matches at No. 3 and No. 5, Harvard had to win out in order to win the match, but it appeared as though the Crimson had a chance with He, Norton and Crystal Yen left on the courts.
Norton was tied with Niedermayerova, 1-1, in the opening set before the No. 15-ranked Wildcat won five straight games to take the first set, 6-1.
Harvard's senior co-captain responded by taking the first two games of the second and led 5-4. Norton was serving to close out the game and fell behind 40-0 before winning five straight points to win the set, 6-4.
In the third, the two were tied at 3 with Niedermayerova serving. The two went back-and-forth, and both players had several opportunities to close out the game but neither could until the Wildcats' junior won two straight points to take a 4-3 lead. With momentum heavily in her favor, she won the next two games to earn Kansas State its fourth point and a match win.
The Crimson returns to action Feb. 2 against Maryland at noon inside the Murr Center.
No. 1 Karla Bonacic/Petra Niedermayerova (K) def. Kristin Norton/Amy He (H): 8-4
No. 2 Carmen Borau Ramos/Ivana Kubickova (K) def. Sylvia Li/Amanda Lin (H): 8-1
No. 3 Hannah Morrill/Hideko Tachibana (H) vs. Amina St. Hill/Gema Bolado-Yusta (K): 7-5, abandoned
No. 1 Petra Niedermayerova (K) def. Kristin Norton (H): 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
No. 2 Amy He (H) def. Karla Bonacic (K): 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 3 Ivana Kubickova (K) def. Sylvia Li (H): 6-0, 6-4
No. 4 Amanda Lin (H) def. Carmen Borau Ramos (K): 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 Ana Gomez Aleman (K) def. Natalie Blosser (H): 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Amina St. Hill (K) def. Crystal Yen (H): 6-2, 6-4