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Morrill’s Third-Set Rally Lifts No. 46 Women’s Tennis Past Penn, 4-3

Morrill's win at No. 5 lifted the Crimson over the Quakers Sunday afternoon (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Hannah Morrill's third-set rally lifted the No. 46 Harvard women's tennis team past Penn, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Hamlin Tennis Center.

With the match tied at three, Morrill and Luba Vazhenina were tied with one win each on court five. The senior captain rallied in the third set to stun the freshman and the Quakers, 7-6 (9), to move the Crimson to 2-2 in Ivy play and 10-6 overall.

Harvard's sophomore tandem of Amy He and Amanda Lin got the afternoon started with a win at third doubles, besting Stephanie Do and Vazhenina, 8-5. It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Crimson's freshmen duo of June Lee and Spencer Liang were topped by Jaime Yapp-Shing and Sonya Latycheva, 8-4 on the second court. At No. 1, Morrill and rookie Monica Lin hung with Sol Eskenazi and Kana Dnaiel, but fell just short, dropping a 8-6 decision to give the Quakers the point.

As play shifted over to singles, Liang fell to Eskenazi, 6-0, 6-2, in the top spot, to give Penn a 2-0 advantage in the match. He downed Yapp-Shing, 6-4, 6-4, in the fourth spot to earn Harvard's first win of the afternoon before Lee best Latycheva 7-6 (5), 7-5 to even the score at 2-all.

A 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, win by M. Lin over Daniel in the second position gave Harvard a slim 3-2 edge, but it was short lived as Penn's Do took down A. Lin, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, on court 6.

Morrill took the first set 6-2 and lost the second set, 3-6, to set the stage for her dramatic win in the third.

Harvard returns to action Friday, April 18 when it welcomes Brown to Cambridge for its final home contest of the season. The Crimson and Bears will take the court at 2 p.m.