Women’s Tennis Impresses at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships

Women’s Tennis Impresses at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships

M. Lin reached the singles quarterfinals (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team put on an impressive showing at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships at the Murr Center Oct. 17-22. The tournament featured the top Division I women's tennis players from the Northeast vying for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.

Five Crimson singles players entered the tournaments main draw and received byes in round one.

Monica Lin reached the round of eight of the singles bracket winning her first three matches of the tournament. The 17th-seeded freshman knocked off Hofstra's Sarah Bowen, 6-1, 6-1, Brown's Hannah Camhi, 7-6 (7), 6-3 and Boston University's Lauren Davis, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals against Dartmouth's Jacqueline Crawford. The Ivy League foe ended Lin's win streak a score of 6-3, 6-0.

No. 9 seed Spencer Liang beat Anna Morozova of St. John's, 6-1, 6-0 and Ryan Young of Cornell, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 before falling to Annie Sullivan of Yale, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16.

Amy He, also a 17th seed, played her way to the round of 16 with victories against Penn's Luba Vazhnenia, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 and Rutgers' Vanessa Petrini, 6-4, 7-5. The freshman fell to Bianca Sanon of Columbia, 6-3, 6-2.

Freshman June Lee went 1-1, topping Drexel's Nicole Pivonka, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0, and losing to Brown's Dayna Lord, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Amanda Lin rounded out the Crimson's single competitors. The sophomore was bested by Stonybrook's Nadia Smergut 7-5, 6-4 in the round of 64.

Three Harvard duos competed in the doubles main draw and each pair made the round of 32. The tandem of Liang and He represented the Crimson in the quarterfinals.

Liang and He started off with an 8-7 (6) downing of Morozova and Yanita Arnaudova (St. John's) and continued with an 8-4 victory over Rutgers' Gina Li and Mariam Zein. In the round of 16, the freshman sophomore partnership toppled over Sherry Li and ReeRee Li of Yale by a score of 8-3. Liang and He played a tough match against top-seeded Sannon and Kanika Vaidya, but the Columbia combo eventually moved to the semifinals, 8-5.

The duos of senior Hannah Morrill and junior Syliva Li and Lee and Amanda Lin each went 1-1. Morrill and Li downed FDU's Ksenija Tihomorova and Mariya Krachok before dropping an 8-7(4) decision to No. 7 seed Yau and Ng of Dartmouth. Lee and Lin cruised past Petrini and Lindsay Balsamo of Rutgers, 8-2 then dropped an 8-3 match to fifth-seed Camhi and Lord of Brown.

Li also competed as an individual in the qualifying round. The junior, who was seeded fourth, was upset by Providence's Alana Prinos, 6-1, 6-1.

Harvard will conclude its fall schedule Nov. 8-10, when it hosts the Harvard Fall Invitational.

Qualifying Draw
First Round
Prinos (Providence) def. No. 4 Syliva Li (Harvard) 6-1, 6-1

Singles Main Draw
Round of 128
No. 17 Amy He – Bye
No. 17 June Lee - Bye
No. 9 Spencer Liang - Bye
Amanda Lin - Bye
No. 17 Monica Lin – Bye

Round of 64
No. 17 Amy He (Harvard) def. Vazhnenia (Penn) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
No. 17 June Lee (Harvard) def. Pivonka (Drexel) 6-1, 1-6, 6-0
No. 9 Spencer Liang (Harvard) def. Morozova (SJU) 6-1, 6-0
Smergut (Stonybrook) def. Amanda Lin (Harvard) 7-5, 6-4
No. 17 Monica Lin (Harvard) def. Bowen (Hofstra) 6-1, 6-1

Round of 32
No. 17 Amy He (Harvard) def. Petrini (Rutgers) 6-4, 7-5
No. 9 Spencer Liang (Harvard) def. Young (Cornell) 7-5, 3-6, 6-0
No. 17 Monica Lin (Harvard) def. Camhi (Brown) 7-6(7), 6-3
Lord (Brown) def. No. 17 June Lee (Harvard) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Round of 16
Sanon (Columbia) def. No. 17 Amy He (6-3, 6-2)
Annie Sullivan (Yale) def. No. 9 Spencer Liang 6-2, 6-2
No. 17 Monica Lin (Harvard) def. Davis (Boston University) 6-2, 6-2

Quarterfinals - Round of 8
Crawford (Dartmouth) def. No. 17 Monica Lin (Harvard) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 64
No. 12 Liang/He (Harvard) def. Morozva/Arnaudova (St. John's) 8-7 (6)
Lee/ Lin (Harvard) def. Petrini/Balsamo (Rutgers) 8-2
Morrill/Li (Harvard) def.  Tihomorova / Krachok (FDU) 8-5

Round of 32
No. 12 Liang/He (Harvard) def. Li/Zein (Rutgers) 8-4
No. 5 Camhi/Lord (Brown) def. Lee/Lin (Harvard) 8-3
No. 7 Yau/Ng (Dartmouth) def. Morrill/Li (Harvard) 8-7 (4)

Round of 16
No. 12 Liang/He (Harvard) def. No. 8 S.Li/R Li (Yale) 8-3

Quarterfinals - Round of 8
No. 1 Sanon/Vaidya (Columbia) def. No. 12 Liang/He (Harvard) 8-5