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Women’s Tennis Hosts Harvard Invitational in Fall Finale

The Crimson closes out its fall season at home for the second consecutive season (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team will conclude its fall season when it welcomes Boston University, Brown and Illinois to the Murr Center for the Harvard Invitational Nov. 8-10.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson put on an impressive showing at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships at the Murr Center Oct. 17-22. Monica Lin paced the five Harvard singles players who entered the tournament's main draw with a quarterfinals finish.  Three Crimson duos competed in the doubles main draw and each pair made the round of 32. The tandem of Spencer Liang and Amy He represented Harvard in the round of eight.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Impresses at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships

Scene Setter
The three-day, round robin invitational will open each day with doubles action followed by two rounds of singles competition.

Schedule

Friday, Nov. 8

12:00 p.m. Doubles

1:30 p.m. Singles

3:30 p.m. Singles

Saturday, Nov. 9  

10:30 a.m. Doubles

1:00 p.m. Singles

3:15 p.m. Singles

Sunday, Nov. 10

9:00 a.m. Doubles

10:30 a.m. Singles

12:30 p.m. Singles

About Harvard
The fourth best recruiting class in the nation, according to TennisRecruiting.net's incoming rankings, has led the Crimson in singles action this fall. Monica Lin has posted an impressive 9-2 mark while Spencer Liang is second on the squad at 7-3. June Lee and Danielle Mirda round out the freshman quartet with a 5-3 record and 3-2 record, respectively. In doubles play, it's the upperclassmen that have shined for Harvard as senior captain Hannah Morrill and junior Syliva Li have paired up to post a 5-1 mark.

The Last Harvard Invitational
Last season's invitational featured five singles flights and two doubles flights. The Crimson claimed three singles titles and both doubles crowns to wrap up its autumn season.

Kristin Norton '13 repeated her double victory from 2011, winning the singles green flight before teaming with Amy He to take the doubles Crimson flight. Amanda Lin replicated Norton's feat, taking the singles orange flight and prevailing in the doubles Harvard flight with Sylvia Li. Hideko Tachibana '13 also won the singles blue flight for the Crimson.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Wins Three Singles Flights and Both Doubles Flights at Harvard Fall Invitational

Scouting Brown
The Bears travel to Cambridge for their final invitational of the fall season. Dayna Lord leads Brown's singles players with an 8-1 mark which includes a semifinal run (4-1) at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships while Hannah Camhi sits at 5-3 in singles action. The duo pair up on the doubles court to hold a 7-4 record highlighted by a quarterfinals finish (3-1) at the regional championships.

Scouting Boston University
After competing in three fall tournaments, the Terriers will make the short trip to the Murr Center for their fall finale. BU's singles competitors are led by Lauren Davis who sports a 6-3 record including a round of 16 showing at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships. The Terriers top duo on the doubles court is Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadias and Johanna Hyoty who hold a 6-1 mark. The tandem's single defeat came in the quarterfinals at the regional championships to a pair from Columbia, the eventual tournament champion.

Scouting Illinois
The Illini will conclude its fall schedule in Cambridge after hosting the Midwest Blast, Nov. 1-3.  Alexis Casati leads Illinois on the singles court with an 8-2 mark. Misia Kedriersku, Casati's double partner, has posted a 6-2 record in singles action. Casati and Kedriersku pair up for doubles play and hold an undefeated 3-0 mark, while the tandem of Julia Jamieson and Louise Kwong also hold an unblemished 3-0 mark in doubles.

This Spring
Ten home matches await Harvard in 2014 as head coach Traci Green unveiled the spring schedule Monday, Oct. 28. The 41st season of women's tennis features a five-game homestand that includes three in-state rivals, a three-match spring break trip over five days and the 21st consecutive season that the Crimson plays the entirety of its Ivy League slate in the month of April.

Action this spring gets underway Jan. 18 at the Indiana Invitational. For the complete 2014 women's tennis schedule, click here.

Related Link: Ten Home Matches Highlight Women's Tennis Spring Slate

What's Next
The Crimson takes a 10-week break from action before returning to the court after the New Year when Harvard travels to the Indiana Invitational, Jan. 18-20.