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Green Earns 100th Career Victory as Women’s Tennis Downs Syracuse 6-1

Liang's singles victory clinched the Crimson's sixth straight home win (photo courtesy Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory as the Crimson downed Syracuse, 6-1, in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon at the Murr Center.  

With the victory over the Orange (0-5), Harvard (4-1) stretched its home win streak to six consecutive matches, a streak that dates back to April 14, 2013 and is the longest since the Crimson won seven straight in Cambridge from Feb. 24, 2012 to Jan. 20, 2013.  

Harvard took a lead in the race when the 34th-ranked doubles duo of Spencer Liang and Monica Lin beat Syracuse's Maddie Kobelt and Valeria Salazar 6-2.  

The Orange quickly evened the Crimson's tally with a win of its own at No. 2. Hannah Morrill and freshman June Lee fell to Amanda Rodgers and Komal Safdar, 4-6.  

The match turned over to the No. 3's where sophomore Amanda Lin and junior Sylvia Li downed Rhiann Newborn and Breanna Bachini, 6-4, to give the doubles point to Harvard.  

It didn't take long for Harvard to clinch the match in singles play. The Crimson won five of the six matches, including three of the first four, to secure the victory.  

Monica Lin was the first to finish with a win over Kobelt at No. 2. The freshman took the contest in two sets, 6-4, 6-3.  

Syracuse earned its only point of the match when Morill and Bachini went to a third set tiebreaker in the No. 5 slot. The senior took the first set, 6-2, but couldn't hold on for the win as Bachini won the ensuing sets 3-6, 7-10.  

Lee was the next to record a victory with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Salazar at No. 2. With the Crimson up 3-1 and a point away from victory, Harvard's ace, Liang finished off Rodgers in a third set tiebreaker. The freshman took down Rodgers 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.  

Amanda Lin (No. 6) and Amy He (No. 4) also recorded wins for the Crimson during singles action. Amanda Lin knocked off Safdar, 6-4, 6-3, and He defeated Newborn 6-7 (6), 6-3, 10-2. 

Harvard closes out its five-match homestand Feb. 15-16, when it welcomes Boston College and Rhode Island to the Murr Center.