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Women’s Tennis Captures Five Titles at USTA BJK Invitational

Lee was one of four Crimson to earn a singles title at the tournament (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Harvard women's tennis team captured five titles and combined for 33 wins at the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., this weekend. June Lee, Spencer Liang Amanda Lin and Monica Lin went an impressive 4-0 in the top four singles flights to earn singles titles while the duo of Sylvia Li and Hannah Morrill won the doubles 3 flight.

In the top singles flight, top seed Liang rolled to the finals with convincing wins over Anastasia Polyakova of St. John's, 6-2, 6-2 Yvonne Hulber of Charleston Southern, 6-2, 6-2 and No. 4 Vanessa Petrini of Rutgers, 6-3, 6-0. Down a set in the finals, the freshman rallied to defeat Princeton's No. 2 Sivan Krems, who was seeded second, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, for the victory.

No. 1 Monica Lin trumped Taylor Washington (PITT), 6-2, 6-1, Marketa Placha (Charleston Southern), 6-3, 6-0 and Gina Li (Rutgers), 6-2, 7-5, to advance to the flight 'B' draw championship. The freshman came from behind in the finals to defeat Columbia's Tina Jiang, 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.

In the singles flight 'C' draw Lee, No. 1, began the tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 win over UConn's Maxene Weinberg. Bryant's Marion Bouillin put up a fight in the quarterfinals, but Lee secured the win by scores of 5-7, 6-4, 10-3. She rolled past Martina Tripcovici (NJIT), 6-1, 6-1 to the finals where the first year downed No. 3 UTA's Angeles de los Rios, 7-5, 6-2, for the title.

Amanda Lin earned the Crimson's final singles title in the flight 'D' draw. The second-seed rolled over Bryant's Ryan Brown, 6-1, 6-1. The sophomore earned a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Alexandra Sachs of St. Francis and a 6-4, 6-2 win against Gisela Castany of FDU to advance to the finals where she downed No. 3 Alexandra Walters (Charleston Southern).

The Harvard doubles duo of Li and Morrill highlighted the Crimson's duo success by winning the '3' flight doubles title on Sunday afternoon. The partnership started off with an 8-2 downing of Brittini Jentz and Shivani Patel (St. Francis) in the round of 16, and continued with an 8-2 victory over Columbia's doubles team of Ioana Alecsiu and Vivian Cheng. In the semifinals round, Li and Morrill toppled over the pair of Farris Cunningham and Lindsey Kayati of Rutgers by an 8-6 score to earn the right to battle for the title. Li and Morrill dominated in the finals round over Lolade Ogungbesan and Molly Wickman from PITT, 8-3.

Morrill was also strong in singles action by reaching the final in the singles flight 'F' draw, but was unable to come away with the title. The senior, who was seeded second in the draw, breezed past Danielle Gryckiewics of St. Francis, 6-2, 6-2, and Julie Leong of Fordham, 6-3, 6-1. Morrill won a lengthy semifinal match to Ivy League foe Laura Wiley of Columbia, 6-3, 5-6, 11-9 to advance to the finals, but the draws top-seed, UTA's Giada D'ORtona, claimed the victory in four sets, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 10-7.

No. 3 Li showed a strong performance in singles flight 'E' draw. She swept Hanna Zangari of Providence, 6-0, 6-0 to open the tournament. The junior bested Bryant's Jenna LaBarre before falling to No 2 Caroline Jouce of Princeton, 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Wins over Gisela Castany and Nicole Chis of Brown, 8-2, and Caroline Joyce and Dorothy Tang of Princeton, 9-7, advanced Lee and Amanda Lin to the flight '2' doubles semifinals. The duo played a challenged match against Audrey Ann Blakely and Amanda Wickman, but the PITT combo eventually moved to the flight championship, 8-6.

In the '1' doubles flight, Amy He and Liang picked up a win over St. John's pair Diamonds Adams and Anastasia Polyakova, 8-1, before falling to eventual winning pair Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung of Columbia, 8-3.

He earned a win as the third seed in the singles 'B' flight against FDU's Shreya Pasricha, 6-1, 6-2. The junior was upset by Columbia's Jiang, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6.

Danielle Mirda used tie breaking victories to advance to the semifinals in the singles flight 'G' draw. The fourth downed St. John's Puck Vlaskamp, 3-6, 7-6(6), 10-6 to open the tournament and best Julie Martiny of Seton Hall 6-7(2), 6-1, 10-5. The top seed Gabriela Srodowski (CSU) ended the freshmens run by scores of 6-3, 6-2.

The Crimson will play host to the USTA/ITA Regional Championships in Cambridge Oct. 17-22.