Road Test Ahead for Women’s Tennis at No. 11 Clemson Friday

Road Test Ahead for Women’s Tennis at No. 11 Clemson Friday

M. Lin's 6-0 singles record will be tested Friday (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team hits the road for its first true road test of the season as the Crimson travels to Clemson, S.C., to take on No. 11 Clemson Friday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

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Last Time Out
Harvard got back on the winning track Sunday, Feb. 15 with a 6-1 victory over Rhode Island at the Murr Center.

The win marked the fourth for the 66th-ranked Crimson during its five-match homestand and first over the Rams.

Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a pair of wins on the doubles court. Spencer Liang and Monica Lin picked up victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, to put the Crimson on the verge of clinching the match. Amy He locked up with the win, outlasting Chris Lopez, 6-2, 6-0, in the third spot.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Returns to Win Column with 6-1 Victory Over Rhode Island

About Harvard
After five-straight matches in Cambridge, the Crimson carries a 5-2 record on the road.

Harvard's 24-9 singles record has been paced by two undefeated freshmen, Monica Lin and June Lee, who sit at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. M. Lin brings a 6-0 dual record into the match while Lee sits at 4-0 in dual play.

On the doubles court, the sophomore pair of Amy He and Amanda Lin lead the Crimson with a 4-1 mark in dual action.

Scouting No. 11 Clemson
Clemson (7-2), which has played ranked opponents in six-straight matches, is on a three-match winning streak and holds a perfect record (4-0) at home. Senior Yana Koroleva, who seeds 40th in the ITA, leads the Tigers on the singles court with a 6-2 record while sophomores Yuilynn Miao and Jessy Rompies team up in doubles action to hold a team-best 4-0 mark. 

The Series with the Tigers
Harvard looks to build upon its 2-1 series lead on Friday as the Crimson and Tigers meet for the first time since Harvard defeated Clemson, 4-3, March 4, 2006. 

In the Rankings
Since debuting at No. 68 in the ITA College Tennis Rankings Jan. 2, Harvard moved up a spot each week to land as high as 66th in the national poll, but has since slipped back to its original rank.  Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 48.

Week       ITA
Jan. 2       68
Jan. 21       67
Jan. 29       66
Feb. 11       T-66
Feb. 18       68

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Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 137 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 52 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .380 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson remained unbeaten against Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island and will attempt to keep a perfect record against Cal State Northridge and Houston.

100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory. Green is now 101-85 all-time including a 67-57 mark at the helm of the Crimson.

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.

What's Next
The Crimson will take its annual Spring Break trip to the Golden State where Harvard will face Cal State Northridge, San Diego State and Long Beach State March 18-22.