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Women’s Tennis Entertains Boston University, Syracuse this Weekend

Mirda posts a 6-3 overall singles record (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team continues its five-match homestand this weekend when it welcomes local rival Boston University and Syracuse to the Murr Center. The Crimson hosts the Terriers Saturday at 2 p.m., while the Orange ventures to Cambridge the following day for an 11:30 a.m. match.

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Last Time Out

In its home opener, Harvard blanked Massachusetts, 7-0, at the Murr Center Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Crimson continued its dominance over its Bay State rival, as Harvard stretched its all-time undefeated streak against the Minutewomen to six matches.

Harvard earned the doubles point after June Lee and Hannah Morrill swept Sonia Bokhair and Anna Woosley, 6-0, to begin the day. Harvard carried its winning momentum into singles play as Morrill and Amanda Li earned victories at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively.  The match was clinched by Amy He's 6-1, 6-2 win over Jessica Podlofsky at the No. 4 spot. 

Related Link: Women's Tennis Stumps Massachusetts, 7-0, in Home Opener

About Harvard
The Crimson is off to a strong 2-1 start after sweeping then-No. 63 Missouri, 4-0, in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Jan. 25, and blanking Massachusetts, 7-0, in its home opener Feb. 1.

Harvard holds a 9-3 singles record that features four undefeated players, and is propelled by a trio of freshman that holds the Crimson's top three spots in the lineup. Monica Lin and June Lee, who sit at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, carry 2-0 records into the weekend, while Spencer Liang, who competes in Harvard's top spot, is 1-0. Junior Amy He rounds out the unbeaten Crimson on the singles court with a 1-0 mark.  

In doubles action, the tandems of He and A. Lin and Lee and Hannah Morrill sit at 2-1, respectively.

In the Rankings
Since debuting at No. 68 in the ITA College Tennis Rankings Jan. 2, Harvard has moved up a spot each week to now land at No. 66 in the latest national poll. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 34.

Week     ITA
Jan. 2     68
Jan. 21     67
Jan. 29     66


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Fantastic Freshman Foursome
According to TennisRecruiting.net, head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year. The quartet has competed to its potential as the rookies have accumulated 39 singles victories, which is .582 (39-67) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 14-4 record.

Massachusetts Mania
The Crimson owns an 81-20 record against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the team's inaugural season in 1973-74. Harvard is 9-5 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Traci Green, including a 9-2 mark in the last 11 matches.

Boston Bandits
Harvard owns a 61-16 record against Boston area schools. With Green at the helm, the Crimson boasts a 7-2 mark against its Beantown foes.

0-peners
For the second consecutive season, the Crimson posted a shutout in the first match of the season when it blanked Missouri, 4-0, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 25. The season-opening clean sheet marks the 14th in Harvard history.

Unbeatable
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 136 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 51 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .375 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson will attempt to remain unbeaten against Cal State Northridge, Houston and Massachusetts.

Protecting Home Courts
The Crimson has competed in 303 matches at home to boast a 234-69 (.772) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 40 of its 73 foes at home including Ivy League rivals Columbia and Cornell.

Experimental Scoring
For January and February of 2014 the ITA has implemented new scoring rules. Dual matches will consist of three doubles matches played to six instead of eight and six singles matches that use best of three set scoring with super-tiebreakers for all third sets. Teams earn a single point for winning two of the three doubles matches and a point for every singles match won. The team that tallies four points wins the dual.

Scouting Boston University
The short trip to Cambridge is the Terriers' first road test of the season as BU (3-1) debuted its 2014 schedule with four straight home matches. A trio of Terriers remains unbeaten on the singles court in dual matches with the squad's primary top player, Lauren Davis, leading the way at 4-0. Sami Lieb matches Davis' record splitting her victories at the No. 4 and No. 5 slots, while Barbara Rodriguez boasts a 3-0 mark.

Davis and Rodriguez have also teamed up on the doubles court. The sophomore/freshman partnership has produced a team best 3-1 record including a 2-1 mark in dual action.

The Series with the Terriers
Harvard has rattled off the past four victories over Boston University to hold a 30-6 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1979-80. The Crimson has posted eight sweeps over the Terriers and has welcomed its local foe to Cambridge 32 times to boast a 26-5 record over BU at home.

Related Link: Harvard Wins Five Singles Matches, Defeats BU, 5-2

Scouting Syracuse
The Orange has played a challenging road schedule having competed against four teams ranked in the top 75 to open the 2014 dual season. Syracuse (0-4) is 2-17 in singles, led by Rhiann Newborn's 1-1 mark at the No. 5 position. The freshman has combined with senior Aleah Marrow to be the Orange's most successful doubles pair with a 1-1 record in the No. 2 slot.

The Series with the Orange
Harvard downed Syracuse in the first seven meetings to hold a 10-3 series record over the Orange since the two first met in 1984. The Crimson defeated Syracuse last season, 6-1, in Cambridge where the team owns a 5-1 record against the Orange.

Related Link: Harvard Women's Tennis Cruises Past Syracuse 6-1

What's Next
Harvard concludes its five-match homestand next weekend with Boston College and Rhode Island.