Boston College Outlasts Women's Tennis, 4-3

Hannah Morrill earned two key victories for the Crimson Saturday (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a match that went down to the wire, the Harvard women's tennis team came up just short against Boston College, falling to the Eagles, 4-3, Saturday evening at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.

On the afternoon, four of the six singles matches went the distance, while the two that did not both required tiebreakers. Doubles play also pushed both teams to the limit with all three matches needed to determine a winner.

The Crimson earned a win at No. 3 doubles from Hannah Morrill and Sylvia Li, who edged Ina Kauppila and Wan-Yi Sweeting, 8-5, to begin the day, while the Eagles picked up a victory at No. 2 to leave the point up to the top tandems.

At No. 1, Jessica Wacnik and Alex Kelleher outlasted Hideko Tachibana and Amy He, 8-7 (2), to earn the pivotal doubles point for BC.

As the teams shifted over to singles play, the tight contests continued with neither team willing to budge.

He avenged her doubles loss to Kelleher at No. 2 by topping the senior, 6-3, 7-6 (11) to get the Crimson on the board.

Kong followed suit by knocking off Heini Salonen, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4 at No. 4, while Hannah Morrill rallied past Olga Khmylev, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) at No. 5; however, it was not enough. The Eagles picked up three-set victories at No. 1 and No. 6 and won a pair of tiebreakers at No. 3 to edge the Crimson for the second straight meeting.

Harvard returns to action Saturday against another Beantown rival when Boston University makes the short trip to Cambridge.

Doubles Results
No. 1 Jessica Wacnik and Alex Kelleher (B) defeat Hideko Tachibana and Amy He (H), 8-7 (2)
No. 2 Heini Salonen and Olga Khmylev (B) defeat Hai-Li Kong and Natalie Blosser (H), 8-3
No. 3 Sylvia Li and Hannah Morrill (H) defeat Ina Kauppila and Wan-Yi Sweeting (B), 8-5

Singles Results
No. 1 Jessica Wacnik (B) defeats Hideko Tachibana (H), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
No. 2 Amy He (H) defeats Alex Kelleher (B), 6-3, 7-6 (11)
No. 3 Kelly Barry (B) defeats Sylvia Li (H), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (0)
No. 4 Hai-Li Kong (H) defeats Heini Salonen (B), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4
No. 5 Hannah Morrill (H) defeats Olga Khmylev (B), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 6 Wan-Yi Sweeting (B) defeats Crystal Yen (H), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5)