Harvard Wins Five Singles Matches, Defeats BU, 5-2

Amy He won her singles match Friday afternoon (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After dropping the doubles point, the Harvard women's tennis team won five of the six singles matches to knock off crosstown rival Boston University, 5-2, Friday afternoon inside the Murr Center.

The Crimson earned the five wins in impressive fashion, taking each match in just two sets, to improve to 3-3 on the season.

In doubles play, Harvard jumped out to an early advantage, as Amanda Lin and Sylvia Li topped Vivien Laszloffy and Sami Lieb, 8-4, at No. 2. However, it was short lived as BU earned an 8-5 win at No. 3 and an 8-6 triumph at No. 1 to take the point and a 1-0 lead.

It would not last long with the Crimson cruising in the singles matches. Amy He lost just one game, defeating Lieb, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 to even up the match. Hannah Morrill followed suit at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Kim McCallum.

With momentum in its favor, Harvard continued to roll.

Hideko Tachibana finished off Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-4, in the top spot, and Crystal Yen defeated Jessie Linero, 6-3, 6-0, to give the Crimson its fourth point and the win.

In the closest match of the afternoon, Li outlasted Leonie Athanasiadis, 6-4, 6-3, to make the final margin of victory three for Harvard.

The Crimson will jump right back into action Saturday with Binghamton making the trip to Cambridge for at 5 p.m.

No. 1 - Leonie Athanasiadis/Jessie Linero (B) def Hai-Li Kong/Amy He (H), 8-6
No. 2 - Amanda Lin/Sylvia Li (H) def Vivien Laszloffy/Sami Lieb (B), 8-4
No. 3 - Lauren Davis/Kim McCallum (B) def Hideko Tachibana/Hannah Morrill (H), 8-5

No. 1 - Tachibana (H) def Davis (B), 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 - He (H) def Lieb (B), 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - Laszloffy (B) def Kong (H), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Li (H) def Athanasiadis (B), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 - Morrill (H) def McCallum (B), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 - Yen (H) def. Linero (B), 6-3, 6-0