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Women’s Tennis Names Li Captain for 2014-15

Li will serve as the 52nd captain of the Crimson (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team introduced its captain for the 2014-15 campaign at its annual year-end banquet Tuesday night, as rising senior Syliva Li will lead the Crimson next season.

After three seasons with Harvard, Li has racked up a 29-28 singles mark and 31-17 doubles ledger. The Cupertino, Calif., local's value to the team is reflected in her teammates voting her the 52nd captain of the Crimson

The Crimson also announced its postseason awards for the 2013-14 campaign as Amy He was named the Jack Barnaby Most Valuable Player and Hannah Morrill was honored as the Most Improved Player.

He produced a 16-9 singles mark and a 20-7 record in doubles during her sophomore campaign to be voted MVP by her teammates. The sophomore from Burlington, Ont., made an immediate impact on the team during the Ivy League season by producing a team-best 6-1 mark against conference opponents to help Harvard finish fifth in the Ancient Eight.

Morrill, a captain for the Crimson, was selected as Harvard's Most Improved player after going 13-15 in singles and 19-14 in doubles. The senior played the majority of her singles matches in the No. 5 position while three of her doubles victories during the Ivy season came in the first and second spot alongside freshman Monica Lin.

Morrill picked up another honor at the banquet, as the strength and conditioning staff presented her with the Strength and Conditioning Most Outstanding award. Danielle Mirda was rewarded for her time of the court and in the weight room, as the freshman was named the team's Strength and Conditioning Most Improved.

For her efforts as Harvard's ace throughout her first year in Cambridge, freshman Spencer Liang was recognized at the banquet as an All-Ivy second team honoree. Liang, who hails from Potomac, Md., and ranked as high as No. 107 on the ITA's national singles list, earned her first conference accolade thanks to a 17-14 singles record including a 7-9 mark in dual action.

Harvard concluded is season 11-8 overall and 3-4 in Ivy League action. The Crimson downed three ranked opponents this year including a 4-3 upset over then-No. 11 Feb. 21, which represents the first time Harvard downed a top-15 opponent under the guidance of head coach Traci Green.