Women's Tennis Travels to Brown, Hosts Dartmouth to Conclude Regular Season

Women's Tennis Travels to Brown, Hosts Dartmouth to Conclude Regular Season

Scene Setter
The Harvard women's tennis team wraps up its season with a trip to Brown Thursday at 6 p.m. and a home contest Saturday against Dartmouth at 2 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Crimson outlasted No. 35 Yale, 5-2, Sunday at the Murr Center to improve to 11-5 on the year and 3-2 in the Ivy League. Amy He earned the clinching win for Harvard, fending off a pair of match points to rally past Madeleine Hamilton, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7), at No. 2 singles. Amanda Lin breezed past Courtney Amos, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6, while Sylvia Li edged Amber Li, 6-2, 7-5, in fifth singles. Hai-Li Kong outlasted Hanna Yu, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 4 singles to account for the fourth and final win in singles play by the Crimson.

In doubles action, Hideko Tachibana partnered with Lin for just the second time this season to edge Elizabeth Epstein and Yu, 9-8 (7), to earn the clinching win for the double point. Kristin Norton and Li also topped Hamilton and Amber Li, 8-6, to account for Harvard's other doubles win.  

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About Harvard
Harvard has won its last two contests to sit at 3-2 in the Ivy League and 11-6 overall. Amanda Lin has continued her scintillating play, rattling off 13 consecutive wins to improve to 14-1 this spring, while Hai-Li Kong is now 12-2 this spring after winning her 10th straight match on Sunday.  Amy He, who won the clinching match against Yale, is 11-3 in the dual season, including an 8-3 mark at No. 2. Hideko Tachibana is 8-8 at No. 1 this spring, and Kristin Norton is 7-7 splitting time at positions two and three. Overall, Harvard is 67-33 this spring and 120-62 including tournament play from the fall.

In doubles action, Tachibana and Lin teamed together to top Yale's top pairing to improve to 2-0 this spring. Norton paired with Sylvia Li for the first time in a match, and the duo triumphed at No. 2 to help give the Crimson the doubles point for the first time in three matches. Hannah Morrill and Kong suffered their first setback playing together but are still 5-1 this spring. The Crimson is a collective 28-19 in the dual season and 48-32 overall.

Senior Success
Senior co-captains Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton will play the final home match of their careers Saturday against Dartmouth. The pair has helped the Crimson accumulate a 45-30 record during their time in Cambridge, including a NCAA Tournament appearance during their freshmen year. Tachibana is 66-35 in singles matches, including a 42-27 mark in dual play, while Norton is 70-38 overall and 41-27 in dual matches.

Zeroing In
The Crimson has posted four shutouts this season to match its highest total since 2010 when the team also blanked the opposition four times. The Crimson also recorded back-to-back shutouts, beating Binghamton and NJIT, for the first time since March 30 and April 2, 2010 when Harvard defeated Fresno State and Columbia, 7-0, in consecutive matches. The program record for shutouts in a season is nine, which came in 1988.

About Brown (Team Page)
The Bears earned their first conference win last weekend, defeating Dartmouth, 4-3, to improve to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in the Ancient Eight. Prior to topping the Big Green, Brown had dropped a pair of 4-3 nailbiters to Penn and Cornell while losing 5-2 to Columbia and 6-1 to Princeton. Misia Krasowski, Brown's top singles player, has a 7-11 mark playing at No. 1, and Hannah Camhi is 11-4 in the second position. In her last match, Nikita Uberoi rallied to extend her win streak to six and improve to a perfect 5-0 in conference action.

Krasowski and Camhi continued their doubles surge against the Big Green, rattling off their fourth straight win in top doubles to raise their mark to 9-7 overall. Uberoi and Ammu Mandalap are 3-2 in league play, and the third pairing of Sarah Kandath and Coco Hsu is 2-3 in the Ivy League.

Series History vs. the Bears
Harvard leads the all-time series 33-7 and has won the last two meetings, including a 4-3 victory at home last year.

About Dartmouth (Team Page)
The Big Green is 8-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play this season entering its final match of the year against the Crimson. Dartmouth's lone Ivy win came against Princeton, a 4-3 victory April 14. Katherine Yau paces the team with an 11-4 record this spring, including a 5-2 mark at No. 1. Janet Liu is 7-3 splitting time at the top three positions, while Melissa Matsuoka is 11-6 overall and 3-3 since moving up to third singles during conference play.

Yau and Akiko Okuda have played exclusively at top singles, and the tandem is just 1-5 in the conference after going 5-4 in non-conference play. Sarah Bessen and Matusuoka have also struggled in the Ivy League, winning just one of their four finished matches to fall to 7-6 overall.

Series History vs. the Big Green
Harvard holds a 30-9 advantage over Dartmouth in the all-time series. The Crimson has won three of the last four meetings, including a 4-3 win on the road last season.