Hai-Li Kong picked up her second win of the spring against Boston College (OAC).
The women's tennis team entertains its second straight Beantown rival when Boston University makes the short trek to Cambridge to take on the Crimson Friday at 3 p.m. Harvard will host Binghamton on Saturday at 5 p.m. to conclude the weekend.
Last Time Out
After a 21-day layoff, Harvard returned to action against Boston College and succumbed to the Eagles, 4-3, in a marathon match at the Murr Tennis Courts Feb. 23. In the contest between the two evenly matched teams, all three doubles matches were required and four of the six singles matches went to three sets. Sylvia Li and Hannah Morrill earned a win at No. 3 doubles for the Crimson, while Morrill (No. 5), Amy He (No. 2) and Hai-Li Kong (No. 4) all picked up victories for Harvard, who split singles play 3-3 to fall just short in the match.
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Through five matches in the spring season, Harvard sits at 2-3. The Crimson holds wins over Horizon League foe Cleveland State (7-0) and Atlantic Coast Conference member Maryland (6-1) to account for its two victories. Freshman Amy He paces the team in the spring season with an unblemished 4-0 mark, going 2-0 at both No. 2 and No. 3. Fellow class of 2016 member Amanda Lin is 3-1 this spring, and she tops the squad with a 12-3 overall record. Hai-Li Kong, Kristin Norton, Hideko Tachibana and Crystal Yen have also each earned two wins this spring. In doubles play, Hannah Morrill and Tachibana are 2-0 at No. 3, while Sylvia Li and Lin are 2-1. Collectively, Harvard is 70-42 in singles play and 28-19 in doubles action.
About Boston University (Team Page)
Like the Crimson, the Terriers had three weeks off due to Winter Storm Nemo before returning to action against No. 23 Yale and Miami (OH). The Terriers fell to the Bulldogs, 7-0, before succumbing to the RedHawks, 5-2. Overall, BU is 3-3 this spring, winning its first three contests against St. John's (6-1), Cleveland State (7-0) and Binghamton (6-1), and losing its most recent three matches. No. 1 Lauren Davis paces the team with 10 wins this season, including a 3-3 mark in dual matches. Sophomore Kim McCallum is second on the team at 9-2, playing at positions four, five and six. BU is 40-55 in singles play this year, and 27-25 in doubles.
Series History vs. the Terriers
Harvard has reeled off three consecutive wins against the Terriers, all at home, to extend its series advantage to 29-6. Last season, the Crimson topped BU, 5-2, Feb. 24. Overall, Harvard has won 14 of the last 17 meetings between the two schools.
About Binghamton (Team Page)
The Bearcats have struggled away from home in 2013, dropping all six of their matches; however, Binghamton has won all three of its matches at neutral sites, topping Sacred Heart (4-3), Seton Hall (5-2) and Pittsburgh (4-3). In dual matches, Binghamton has struggled as Sara Kohtz and Agatha Ambrozy have the best marks at 4-5 this spring, while Kohtz has the best overall record at 8-9 in 2012-13. In doubles action, Ambrozy and Katherine Medianik have gone 3-4 at the top spot and freshmen Alexis Tashiro and Shea Brodsky are 4-3 at the No. 2 position. Overall, Binghamton is 24-72 in singles action and 22-59 in doubles play.
Series History vs. the Bearcats
In the only meeting between the two schools, Harvard prevailed, 5-2, Feb. 22, 2009.
Harvard hosts NJIT March 15 at 4 p.m. before heading to Florida for its spring break trip.