Women’s Tennis Sends Quartet to Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships

Women’s Tennis Sends Quartet to Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships

The four Crimson will make their national championship debut (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

Pre-Qualifying Singles Draw | Pre-Qualifying Doubles Draw

–Sophomore Amanda Lin and freshmen June Lee, Monica Lin and Spencer Liang will all make their national championship debut when the Harvard women's tennis team sends the two double pairs to compete at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Sept. 28-Oct. 6. Liang will take the court with Monica Lin while Lee is partnered with Amanda Lin.

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Last Time Out
Harvard completed its first weekend of competition this fall at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational. The tandem of Spencer Liang and Amy He played to a runner-up finish while Laing finished fourth in singles play. Monica Lin and Hannah Morrill claimed fifth and eighth-place, respectively. The duo of Sylvia Li and Danielle Mirda finished third.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Competes at 21st William & Mary Tribe Invitational

Scene Setter
Competition is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches at UCLA, while main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.

Liang and Monica Lin will open play against fifth-seed duo Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis from USC. Amanda Lin and Lee's first opponents are Virginia's Marie Faure and Caryssa Peretz. The pairs will both be in action at 11:30 EST at Sycaomore Courts.

Pre-qualifying features a single draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play.

Identical to pre-qualifying, the qualifying rounds will feature singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. A singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.

What's at Stake
Players are competing for automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 1-7 in Flushing, N.Y. Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive a berth.

To be the Best, You Have to Beat the Best
This year's tournament field is filled with talent. The singles bracket is highlighted by returning All-American Sabrina Santamaria from USC who enters the event at No. 1 in the preseason singles rankings while the doubles bracket features the entire top 10 from the preseason national rankings.

What's Next
Harvard will head to Flushing, N.Y., for the Billie Jean King Invitational Oct. 11-13.