No. 44 Harvard Women's Tennis Hosts No. 71 Maryland Sunday
Hideko Tachibana (pictured) and the Crimson host Maryland Sunday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
After an eight-day break, the Harvard women's tennis team welcomes Maryland to the Murr Center Tennis Courts Sunday.
The Crimson enter the match ranked No. 46 in the Feb. 8 ITA national poll.
Harvard is 2-2 this season having downed Boston University and Boston College. Harvard's two losses have come at the hands of two ranked opponents, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 38 Boise State.
Harvard's top singles player, No. 45 Holly Cao, is 3-0 through the early part of the dual schedule and 10-2 overall.
Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton are both 3-1 through the first four matches of the season.
The Terrapins, 4-1, enter this week's ITA national poll for the first time this season at No. 71.
Maryland began the season with three 7-0 victories over Navy, Syracuse and UMBC before falling to Boston College, 4-3, Feb. 4. The Terps rebounded with a win over No. 64 Brown which helped elevate them into the national rankings.
Ana Belzunce holds a collective 14-5 singles record, while Welma Luus and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar are unbeaten at 5-0.
The doubles pair of Jordan Hansbrough and Julia Huschke have a 10-4 record, dating back to the fall, to lead the Terps.
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The Crimson took five of the six singles matches from Boston College to earn a 5-2 victory over the Eagles. Tachibana and Natalie Blosser each won two matches, pairing for a win in doubles and Tachibana winning the No. 2 singles match, while Blosser won the No. 4 match.
Harvard has never lost to Maryland, leading the all-time series 2-0. The Crimson and Terps first squared off in 1997 with Harvard capturing a 5-4 win and met again in 2005 when the Crimson shutout Maryland, 4-0, in the NCAA tournament that season.
The ECAC Indoor Championships await the Crimson following Sunday's match. Princeton will serve as the host of the three-day event scheduled to begin Fri., Feb. 19.