He teamed with Liang to take second in the Michelle O Doubles Flight (photo courtesy).
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Harvard women's tennis team completed its opening weekend of competition Sunday at the 21st annual William and Mary Tribe Invitational with strong performances from doubles pair sophomore Amy He and freshman Spencer Liang.
Liang debuted her collegiate career alongside He Friday night in the Michelle O Doubles Flight. The tandem first defeated Wake Forest's Kimmy Guerin and Karen Forman, 8-7, to advance to the semifinals where the duo downed Leeza Nemchinov and Nabila Farah of host William & Mary, 8-2, to advance to the finals Saturday. Unfortunately, He and Liang would be defeated in the championships by Ximena Siles-Luna and Meghan Blevins of South Carolina, 8-1.
Liang showed a strong performance in the Lauren Nikolaus Singles Flight. The freshman bested Dominika Kanakova of South Carolina, 6-3, 6-3, before falling to Virginia's Danielle Collins in the semis, 6-1, 6-2. Liang dropped the third-place match on Sunday to Dartmouth's Jacqueline Crawford, 7-5, 7-5, to finish fourth.
In the Margie Waters Singles Flight play, He and sophomore Amanda Lin, each picked up a win in the quarterfinals before dropping matches in the semifinals. He downed South Carolina's Alex Martin, 6-1, 6-2, while Lin defeated Maci Epstein of Virginia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Freshman Monica Lin claimed fifth in the Julie Shiflet Singles Flight with a 2-1 record while senior Hannah Morrill finished 8th in the Marion Gengler Singles Flight. Rookies Danielle Mirda and June Lee competed in the Jane Lennon Singles Flight and Cherie Down Singles Flight, respectively.
On the doubles side, the Katrin Guenther Doubles Flight saw two Crimson duos. Lin and Lin secured the victory in their opening match against Arkansas pair Shannon Hudson and Sarah McLean, 8-6, but fell to USC's Dominika Kanakova and Brigit Folland, 8-1, to land in the third-place match on Saturday. Lin and Lin were downed by another pair of Gamecocks, 8-1, to claim fourth. After dropping their first match, Morrill and Lee bested VCU's Olga Terteac and Yukako Noi, 8-7, in the consolation semis, and downed Hudson and McLean of Arkansas, 8-7, to take fifth.
Junior Sylvia Li and Mirada finished the weekend 2-1, to claim third place in the Johanna Sones Doubles Flight.
The Crimson return to action Sept. 28 when they travel to Pacific Palisades, Calif., for the All-American Championship.