Hai-Li Kong has won seven straight matches for the Crimson (OAC).
The Harvard women's tennis team returns to Beren Tennis Center for the first half of its home Ivy League slate. The Crimson entertains Princeton Saturday at noon before hosting Penn Sunday at noon.
Last Time Out
The Crimson split its two matches on the opening weekend of conference play. The Crimson fell behind early to Columbia, 3-0, before rallying to tie the match at three. Hai-Li Kong began the comeback charge with a 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3) victory at No. 4, while Sylvia Li followed suit at No. 5, outlasting Tiana Takenaga, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Amanda Lin evened up the match by pulling out a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 triumph at No. 6 against Ioana Alecsiu. However, Bianca Sanon edged Amy He in a third-set tiebreak to earn the 4-3 win for the Lions.
On Saturday, Harvard rebounded with a decisive 6-1 win over Cornell. The afternoon began with Harvard winning the doubles point for the seventh time in the last eight contests. In singles play, Harvard won five of the six matches, including four in straight sets. Kristin Norton led the charge at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Christine Ordway, and Amanda Lin picked up her team-leading 11th win of the spring at No. 6, 6-2, 6-1, against Nina Turudic.
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The Crimson has won seven of its last nine matches to sit at 9-5 on the year and 1-1 in the Ivy League. Amanda Lin has won 10 straight matches and paces the squad with an 11-1 record, while Hai-Li Kong has rattled off seven consecutive wins to sit at 9-2 on the year. Fellow class of 2016 member Amy He is also 9-2 this spring, going 6-2 at No. 2, while senior co-captain Hideko Tachibana is 8-5.
In doubles play, Kristin Norton and Tachibana have won seven of eight matches together at the top position for Harvard. Sylvia Li and Lin have hit a bit of a rough patch recently but the duo is still 7-4 this spring, and Hannah Morrill and Kong have teamed up in the last four matches, going 3-0 with one match unfinished at No. 3.
The Crimson has posted four shutouts this season to match its highest total since 2010 when the team also blanked the opposition four times. The Crimson also recorded back-to-back shutouts, beating Binghamton and NJIT, for the first time since March 30 and April 2, 2010 when Harvard defeated Fresno State and Columbia, 7-0, in consecutive matches. The program record for shutouts in a season is nine, which came in 1988.
About Princeton (Team Page)
The Tigers enter the weekend with a 10-5 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Ivy League. Princeton bested Penn and Brown by identical 6-1 margins and lost to Yale, 5-2. Lindsay Graff has posted an 8-5 record playing at No. 1 singles, going 3-0 in conference matches. Emily Hahn, who has split time between positions five and six, is also 3-0 in the league and 9-5 overall. Amanda Muliawan, who is 9-2 this spring, including 8-1 at No. 2, has not yet played in Ancient Eight action, while Katherine Flanigan has a 10-4 mark playing at positions two, three and four.
In doubles action, the Tigers have struggled at the top position, going just 5-9; however, Princeton has dominated positions two (12-3) and three (13-1). The tandems of Katherine Flanigan and Lindsay Graff and Monica Chow and Katie Goepel are both 2-0 in Ivy play thus far.
Series History vs. the Tigers
Harvard has a 22-15 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series; however, the Tigers have won the last three meetings, including a 4-3 win last year.
About Penn (Team Page)
Through its three conference matches of the season, Penn is 9-5 overall and 1-2 in league play. The Quakers fell to Princeton, 6-1, and Yale, 5-2, and topped Brown, 4-3. At No. 1, Sol Eskenazi leads the team with a 10-3 mark. Sonya Latycheva is close behind at 9-4 with a 7-2 mark at No. 3. Stephanie Do is 8-6 in the spring, playing primarily at No. 2, while positions four, five and six have been split by seven different student-athletes.
On the doubles side, Eskenazi and Latycheva have climbed to No. 41 in the latest edition of the ITA rankings, going 12-1 thus far. No. 3 has been another position of strength with Do and Alex Ion going 5-3 at No. 3.
Series History vs. the Quakers
The Crimson has won three of the last four meetings with the Quakers and holds a 28-9 advantage in the all-time series.
Harvard travels to Brown April 19 for its final road contest of the season.