No. 39 Women’s Tennis Picks Up First Ivy League Win, Downs Cornell, 6-1

No. 39 Women’s Tennis Picks Up First Ivy League Win, Downs Cornell, 6-1

The Crimson remain unbeaten against the Big Red in Cambridge (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 39 Harvard women's tennis team downed Cornell, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at the Murr Center to pick up its first Ivy League victory.

With its 10th-straight win over Cornell (7-6, 0-3 Ivy League) in series history, Harvard (9-5, 1-1 Ivy League) remains unbeaten against the Big Red in Cambridge. The victory also moves the Crimson to 36-1 all-time against Cornell since the two first met in 1983.

Harvard took a lead in the race to two doubles wins with a victory at No. 2. The Crimson's freshman, senior partnership of Monica Lin and Hannah Morrill beat the Big Red's Shannon Comolli and Lauren Frazier, 8-1.

The Crimson quickly took the doubles point with a win at No. 3. Harvard's sophomore tandem of Amy He and Amanda Lin  continued their impressive mark this spring with a victory over an 8-6 Dena Tanenbaum and Christy Kung.

It didn't take long for Harvard to clinch the match in singles play. The Crimson won five of the six matches, including three of the first four, to secure the victory.

Morrill was the first to finish with an easy 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Comolli at the fourth spot. With the Crimson up 2-0, Marika Cusick stopped Harvard's run when she took down M. Lin on court two.

A. Lin was the next Crimson to record a victory as she bested Frazier, 6-2, 6-3, in the fifth spot.

Up 3-1, Liang sealed the win for Harvard with a triumph over Tanenbaum at No. 1. The Crimson's ace took the contest in two sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Junior Syliva Li (No. 6) and He also recorded wins for the Crimson during singles play. Li swept Kung 7-5, 7-6 (2), and He knocked off Alexandra D'Ascenzo, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-3.

Harvard takes its first Ivy League road trip of the season next weekend when it travels to Penn and Princeton. The Crimson face the Tigers Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m., and visit the Quakers Sunday, April 13 at 12 p.m.