After hitting the road for a pair of contests, the Harvard women's tennis team returns home to take on Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Crimson went 1-1 on its first road trip of the season, playing two matches in two days in Florida. Harvard opened the trip by knocking off Stetson, 5-2, Tuesday. In doubles play, the Crimson rolled, as Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton topped Sara Lazarevic and Andrea Crespo, 8-2, in the top doubles match, while Sylvia Li and Amanda Lin handled Diana Bukajeva and Jen Miller, 8-1, to lock up the point. The momentum carried over to singles play where Harvard took four of the six matches. Amy He ran her singles record to 7-0 with a win at No. 3, holding off Bukajeva, 6-1, 7-6. The next day the Crimson saw its four-match win streak come to an end, narrowly falling to South Florida, 4-3. Harvard claimed the doubles point but the Bulls took four of the six singles matches to earn the win.
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Harvard has won four of its last five matches to sit at 6-4 overall at the halfway point of the season. Amy He and Amanda Lin are tied for the team lead in the spring season with identical 7-1 records. He has played primarily at No. 2 and No. 3, while Lin has spent time at positions three through six. Hideko Tachibana is right behind the pair with a 6-3 mark, playing exclusively at No. 1, while Hai-Li Kong is 5-2 in the dual season.
The tandem of senior co-captains Tachibana and Kristin Norton has led to a surge in doubles play. The pair is 4-0 since partnering back up against Binghamton March 2. The Crimson's most consistent pairing this spring has been Lin and Sylvia Li, who are a combined 6-1 in dual matches and 13-2 on the year playing at spots two and three.
Overall, Harvard is 37-20 in singles matches and 18-9 in doubles play.
Harvard posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2010 by knocking off Binghamton and NJIT in back-to-back contests. The last time the Crimson accomplished the feat the squad blanked Fresno State and Columbia March 30 and April 2, 2010, respectively. Overall, Harvard has not allowed a point to three opponents this season, topping Cleveland State by a 7-0 margin in the season opener, as well. It is the most shutouts since 2010 when the team had four, while the program record for shutouts in a season came in 1988 when the team had nine.
About Fairleigh Dickinson (Team Page)
The Knights bring a 2-4 mark into the weekend and have not played a match in three weeks after having midweek contests against Fairfield and Fordham cancelled this week due to inclement weather. Fairleigh Dickinson opened the season with a pair of wins, but it has dropped its last four matches, including consecutive shutouts by UMass and Cornell in its last two outings. Nicole Chis has the top record on the squad, going 10-1 during tournament play and 2-0 in dual matches. Egzona Morina is second on the team with 10 wins; however, she has struggled this spring, dropping five of her six matches. Celine Maier and Dina Guzairova, who both have nine total wins, also have identical 4-2 marks this spring.
In doubles action, Chis and Manuela Leme are 6-2 to top the squad, including a 2-0 mark at No. 3 this spring. Ana Rapoport and Guzairova are the only tandem with a winning record this spring at 3-2, including a perfect 2-0 spot at the top position.
Overall, Fairleigh Dickinson is 51-43 in singles play and 12-21 in doubles play this year.
Series History vs. the Knights
It is the first meeting between the two programs.
Harvard entertains Syracuse March 30 at noon before beginning Ivy League play with a road trip to Columbia and Cornell the following weekend.