Doubleheader Against Buffalo and Massachusetts on Saturday Slate for Women's Tennis

Hannah Morrill has paired with Hideko Tachibana to form Harvard's No. 3 doubles team (Harvard Athletic Communications). 

Scene Setter
The Harvard women's tennis team hosts Buffalo and Massachusetts in a doubleheader Saturday at the Murr Center. The Crimson takes on the Bulls at 10 a.m. before facing the Minutewomen at 5 p.m. 

Last Time Out
The Crimson easily handled Maryland, 6-1, last Saturday to improve to 2-2 on the season. The Crimson won two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point before winning a trio of three-setters in singles to hold off the Terps. Hideko Tachibana rallied at No. 1 singles, defeating Vroni Van Berlo, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, No. 6 Amanda Lin trimmed Nataliya Bredikhina, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2 and Sylvia Li won the other three-set match over Sarah Gealer, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (1) at No. 4. Kristin Norton and Amy He both lost just three games in earning wins at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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About Harvard
The Crimson is 2-2 in the spring season after the first three weeks of play. Freshman Amy He leads the team with a 3-0 mark during the dual season, while Amanda Lin paces the team on the year with a 12-3 mark, including a 3-1 record in the spring season. Senior captain Hideko Tachibana is 2-1 at the top position, while No. 2 Kristin Norton is 2-2. In doubles play, Harvard has gone with the same pairings in the last three matches. Norton and He have assumed the top position with Sylvia Li and Lin playing at No. 2 and Tachibana and Hannah Morrill at No. 3.

About Buffalo (Team Page)
The Bulls are 3-0 after picking up wins the last two weekends. Buffalo blanked Big 4 rival Niagara, 7-0, back in September. The Bulls then edged Pittsburgh, 4-3, Jan. 26 before routing Big 12 member West Virginia, 6-1. UB No. 1 Tanvi Shah and No. 4 Tamara Markovic are both 3-0 on the season, while Shah has teamed with Miranda Podlas to form the top doubles pairing, which is also 3-0. Podlas and Laura Fernandez are also 3-0, splitting time at multiple positions.

Series History vs. the Bulls
This will be the first meeting between the Ivy League and Mid-American Conference schools.

About Massachusetts (Team Page)
The Minutewomen bring a 3-1 mark into the weekend after falling for the first time this year at Brown, 4-3, Feb. 1. UMass has road victories over Providence, 5-2, and UConn, 7-0, and also knocked off St. Joe's, 6-1, inside the Bay Road Tennis Center. Jocelyn Providence paces the team with a 7-5 overall record between the fall and spring, and Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz form the top doubles team for the Minutewomen with a 7-5 mark, also.

Series History versus the Minutewomen
Harvard leads the all-time series against UMass, 5-0. The Crimson won the first two meetings back in 1980 and 1981 before the series took a 21-year hiatus. The two teams renewed the in-state rivalry Feb. 9, 2002 and have played two other times since, including a 6-1 win Feb. 29, 2012, at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

Up Next
Harvard takes 14 days off before facing its second of three straight Massachusetts opponents when Boston College makes the short trip over to the Murr Center Feb. 23.