No. 36 Columbia Trips No. 39 Women’s Tennis, 6-1, in Ivy League Opener

A. Lin earned the Crimson's lone victory (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 39th-seeded Harvard women's tennis team was tripped up by No. 36 Columbia, 6-1, in its Ivy League opener Friday afternoon at the Murr Center.

In doubles, Harvard (8-5, 0-1 Ivy League) dropped 8-4 decisions on courts one and two as Columbia (13-2, 2-0 Ivy League) took the doubles point. . Freshmen Spencer Liang and June Lee were downed by 14th-ranked Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya while senior Hannah Morrill and rookie Monica Lin fell to Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang, who seed 30th in the ITA.

The Lions carried its double point momentum into singles action winning five out of the six matches.

M. Lin fell victim to the racket of Jiang, 6-1, 6-2 in the second spot. The Crimson's ace, Liang, was swept by the Lion's top singles player, Vaidya, 6-0, 6-2. Morrill battled with Ioana Alecisu on court five, but came up short, 7-5, 6-2, sealing the win for the visitors.

Lee was bested by Sanon, 6-4, 6-3, in the third position.

On the fourth court, Amy He fell behind 1-0, after dropping the first set, 6-2, to Leung. The sophomore rallied, to take the second set by an identical score, but couldn't hold on for the win, however, as she fell in set three, 6-2.  

Sophomore Amanda Lin was the lone Crimson to pick up a victory. The sophomore knocked off Tiana Takenaga in the sixth spot, 7-5, 6-2, 10-6.

Harvard returns to the court tomorrow afternoon as it hosts Cornell at 2 p.m.