Women's Tennis Visits Brown, Hosts Yale This Weekend
Amanda Lin is on a 12-match win streak and is 13-1 this spring (OAC).
The Harvard women's tennis team travels to Brown for its final road match of the season Friday at 2 p.m., before entertaining archrival Yale at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Last Time Out
For the second straight weekend, Harvard split a pair of Ivy League contests. The Crimson fell just short against Princeton, 4-3, Saturday before topping Penn, 4-3, Sunday.
In the opener against the Tigers, the Crimson lost the doubles point despite Hannah Morrill and Hai-Li Kong topping Monica Chow and Katie Goepel at No. 3, 8-4. However, the Crimson seized momentum in singles play, winning the first three matches to go on the verge of clinching. Amanda Lin topped Joan Cannon, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6, Kristin Norton bested Chow, 6-2, 6-0, and Kong topped Goepel, 6-3, 6-2, to put Harvard one point away from victory. However, Princeton rallied to win the final three singles matches to take the contest by the slimmest of margins.
On Sunday, Harvard found itself trailing 1-0 again, as the Quakers earned the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. The Crimson bounced back with wins at No. 6 by Lin, No. 4 by Kong and No. 2 by He before Sylvia Li rallied past Alex Ion, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-6 (5) at No. 5 to earn the match win.
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Harvard has split its first four matches of Ivy League play this season to sit at 2-2 in the conference and 10-6 overall. Freshman Amanda Lin has rattled off 12 consecutive wins playing primarily at No. 6 and has only lost one singles match in the dual season. Fellow class of 2016 member Hai-Li Kong has won nine straight contests, predominantly in the fourth position, and is second on the team with an 11-2 record. Amy He is 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference at the No. 2 position, and Hideko Tachibana is 8-7 in the dual season playing exclusively in the top spot.
In doubles play, Kong and Hannah Morrill improved to 5-0 over the weekend with a pair of victories, playing only at the third position. Kristin Norton and Tachibana are 7-3 at No. 1, and Sylvia Li and Lin are 7-5 at No. 2.
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 Brown (Team Page)
The Bears bring a 6-11 record and 0-4 Ivy League mark into its matchup with the Crimson Friday. Brown dropped 4-3 decisions to Penn and Cornell and also suffered a 5-2 setback to Columbia and lost a 6-1 decision at Princeton. Misnia Krasowski is the top singles player for the Bears and has a 7-10 mark playing at the top spot, while Hannah Camhi is 10-4 in the second position. Nikita Uberoi is on a five-match win streak, including a perfect 4-0 record in the Ivy League, to hold a 10-6 record this year.
Brown's top doubles pairing of Krasowski and Camhi has won its last three Ivy League matches after dropping the opener to Penn's top tandem, 8-0, and boasts a 8-7 record this season. Nikita Uberoi and Ammu Mandalap have split their four Ivy League contests at second doubles thus far, and the third tandem of Sarah Kandath and Coco Hsu are 1-3 in conference action.
Series History vs. the Bears
Harvard leads the all-time series 33-7 and has won the last two meetings, including a 4-3 victory at home last year.
About Yale (Team Page)
The No. 37 and conference-leading Bulldogs enter the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record in the Ivy League and 15-2 overall standing. The Elis two losses have come at the hands of highly-ranked foes No. 18 Vanderbilt and No. 17 Virginia. After spending the majority of the season at No. 2, Elizabeth Epstein has played the last five matches at No. 1, going 2-3 in those contests to stand at 12-5 this year. She traded positions with Madeleine Hamilton, who struggled at No. 1 but is 5-0 at second singles. Junior Annie Sullivan has worked her way up to third singles and is a perfect 16-0 this spring, and Courtney Amos and (No. 6) and Hanna Yu (No. 4) are both 4-0 in conference action.
Elizabeth Epstein and Annie Sullivan compose Yale's top doubles, and the duo is 2-2 through four conference matches. Hamilton and Amber Li are 2-1 in the second position with one unfinished match, and Hanna Yu and Courtney Amos are 2-2.
Series History vs. the Bulldogs
Harvard holds a narrow 25-19 advantage in the all-time meetings, but Yale has won the last three matchups by 6-1 margins.
Harvard concludes the regular season against Dartmouth April 27 at 2 p.m.