Women’s Tennis Returns to Win Column with 6-1 Victory Over Rhode Island

Mirda helped the Crimson down the Rams in her collegiate dual match debut (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over Rhode Island at the Murr Center.

The win marks the fourth for the 66th-ranked Crimson (5-2) during its five-match homestand while the Rams fell to 2-3 on the season.

Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a pair of wins on the doubles court. Harvard's top team of freshmen Spencer Liang and Monica Lin started things off for the Crimson. The 48th seeded tandem downed Galina Chernykh and Elizaveta Sadovnika, 8-1. Sophomores Amanda Lin and Amy He defeated Nithila Asokaraj and Kathleen Uy, 8-2, to give the Crimson the doubles point for the fifth time this season.  

Liang, Harvard's ace, pushed the Crimson's advantage to 2-0 by sweeping Chernykh, 6-1, 6-0. In the second position, M. Lin topped Taylor Holden by an identical score to earn her sixth win of the dual season to put the Crimson on the verge of clinching the match. He locked up the win, outlasting Chris Lopez, 6-2, 6-0, in the third spot.

Harvard would earn two more victories to round out the afternoon. No. 4 A. Lin rallied past Nit Asokaraj, 6-0, 6-1, and freshman Danielle Mirda bested Sadovnikova, 7-6 (0), 4-6, 10-3, in her dual meet singles debut at No. 6.

Li fell to Uy at the fifth spot in a tie-breaker, 5-7, 6-4, 8-10.

The Crimson returns to action when it makes its first true road test of the season Friday, Feb. 21 at Clemson.