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No. 47 Women’s Tennis Hosts Brown, Visits No. 49 Yale

Morrill will play her final match wearing Crimson in Cambridge Friday afternoon against the Bears (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 47 Harvard women's tennis team closes out its home schedule Friday, April 18 when it welcomes Brown to Cambridge before traveling to New Haven, Conn., Saturday, April 19 for a match-up against No. 49 Yale. Both contests are slated to begin at 2 p.m.

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Thank You, Senior!
Senior Hannah Morrill will play the final home match of her career Friday afternoon against Brown. The captain has helped the Crimson accumulate a 44-28 record over the course of her career. Morrill, who hails from Twickenham, England, is 37-33 in singles matches, including a 19-18 mark in dual play during her time in Cambridge.

About No. 47 Harvard
The Crimson has split its first four matches of Ivy League play this season to hold a 2-2 Ivy mark and 10-6 overall record.

Monica Lin has earned two consecutive wins playing at No. 2 to continue to lead the Crimson on the singles court with a 24-7 overall record and 12-3 mark in dual action. Sophomore Amanda Lin, who has played predominantly in the sixth position, is second on the team with a 12-4 ledger. Classmate Amy He is 8-4 in dual play and 3-1 in Ivy action. Rookie Spencer Liang is 7-6 in the dual season playing exclusively as Harvard's ace.

On the doubles court, He and A. Lin improved to 9-1 overall over the weekend to continue to lead the Crimson pairs.

About Brown
Brown split its action in New York last weekend, as the Bears fell at Columbia, 6-1, and defeated Cornell, 5-2, to sit 13-7 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League action. Dayna Lord was the lone Brown player to win both of her singles matches during the Bears' trip to the Empire State. The freshman picked up two wins as Brown's ace while junior Sarah Kandath and sophomores Hannah Camhi and Ashley Noyes each earned a win in singles action against the Big Red.

The Series with the Bears
Harvard owns a commanding 34-7 advantage in the all-time series with Brown including winning the past three matches. Since the series began in 1974, the Crimson boasts a 17-1 record against the Bears in Cambridge. A year ago, the two met in Providence, R.I., where the Crimson swept the Bears for the 12th time in series history.

Related Link: Harvard Women's Tennis Blanks Brown, 7-0

About No. 49 Yale
With an 11-8 overall mark and 3-1 ledger in Ivy play, the Bulldogs sit in third place in the Ancient Eight, behind Princeton and Columbia who are first and second, respectively. Yale has won three straight matches including a 5-2 upset win at Columbia last weekend. The Bulldogs, who rank 49th in the latest ITA poll, are also represented on the doubles national list as their top tandem, Ree Ree Li and Madeleine Hamilton rank 65th. Prior to its matchup with the Crimson, Yale will visit Dartmouth Friday, April 18.  

The Series with the Bulldogs
Sunday will be the 45th edition of the Harvard-Yale rivalry since the two took to the court in 1974. The Crimson owns the all-time series record, having gone 25-19 against the Bulldogs during that stretch. Last year, Harvard outlasted Yale in Cambridge, 5-2.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Outlasts No. 35 Yale, 5-2

In the Rankings
After upsetting then-No. 11 Clemson Feb. 21, Harvard earned its highest ranking of the season in the ITA College Tennis Rankings as the Crimson were seeded 35th Feb. 25. Currently, Harvard sits 47th in the latest national poll released April 15. The Crimson debuted on the initial national poll seeded 68th Jan. 2. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 73. 

Week
Jan. 2
Jan. 21
Jan. 29
Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Feb. 25
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 1
April 8 
April 15 
   

ITA
68
67
66
T-66
68
35
37
40
37
50
39
46 
47 

Related Link: ITA Rankings

Last Time Out
Hannah Morrill's third-set rally lifted Harvard past Penn, 4-3, April 13 at the Hamlin Tennis Center.

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

Amy He and Amanda Lin were the lone Crimson pair to pick up a win in doubles action as the sophomore tandem downed Penn's Stephanie Do and Vazhenina, 8-5.

The Quakers took a 2-0 lead after Spencer Liang fell to Sol Eskenazi, 6-0, 6-2, in the top spot, but He, Monica Lin and June Lee won matches for Harvard to give the visitors a slim 3-2 advantage. A. Lin fell to Do, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, on court six to set up the Crimson's dramatic win.

Related Link: Morrill's Third-Set Rally Lifts No. 46 Women's Tennis Past Penn, 4-3

Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's tennis joined the Ivy League in 1979, Harvard has captured the most Ancient Eight crowns. The Crimson owns a conference-best 18 Ivy titles and 14 outright.

Team
Brown
Columbia
Cornell
Dartmouth
Harvard
Penn
Princeton
Yale 
   

Ivy Titles
2
1
--
1
18
3
10
9 

    Outright Titles
2
--
--
--
14
3
6
3 

Fantastic Freshman Foursome
According to TennisRecruiting.net, head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year. The quartet has competed to its potential, as the rookies have accumulated 61 singles victories, including 27 in dual action, which is .559 percent (61-109) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 24-7 record.

Unbeatable
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 Cal State Northridge, Houston, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island.

100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse Feb. 9, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory. Green is now 104-87 all-time including a 70-59 mark at the helm of the Crimson.

0-peners
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
Harvard concludes its regular season at Dartmouth Saturday, April 26 at 12 p.m.