Li has teamed up with Morrill on the doubles court for a team-best 5-1 record (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team opens the home portion of its schedule when it welcomes Massachusetts to the Murr Center Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, six of Harvard's nine home matches will be streamed in HD quality through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.
Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 2 Florida in the championship match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Ring Tennis Complex, in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 26.
The Gators clinched the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Harvard could not surpass the Florida ranked singles players as the Gators captured three consecutive singles matches in straight sets over the Crimson.
The Crimson, which is playing its first of five consecutive home matches, is led by freshmen June Lee and Monica Lin, who are each 1-0 in dual match play this season. Lee has accumulated a 7-5 overall singles record, while M. Lin leads the squad with a 13-4 singles mark.
In the Rankings
Since debuting at No. 68 in the ITA College Tennis Rankings Jan. 2, Harvard has moved up a spot each week to now land at No. 66 in the latest national poll. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 34.
Related Link: ITA Rankings
Fantastic Freshman Foursome
According to TennisRecruiting.net, head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year. The quartet has competed to its potential as the rookies have accumulated 36 singles victories, which is .590 (36-61) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 13-4 record.
The Crimson owns an 80-20 record against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the team's inaugural season in 1973-74. Harvard is 8-5 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Traci Green, including an 8-2 mark in the last 10 matches.
For the second consecutive season, the Crimson posted a shutout in the first match of the season when it blanked Missouri, 4-0, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The season-opening clean sheet marks Harvard's 14th in program history.
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 136 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 51 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .375 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson will attempt to remain unbeaten against Cal State Northridge, Houston and Massachusetts.
Protecting Home Courts
The Crimson has competed in 302 matches at home to boast a 233-69 (.791) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 40 of its 73 foes at home including Ivy League rivals Columbia and Cornell.
For January and February of 2014 the ITA has implemented new scoring rules. Dual matches will consist of three doubles matches played to six instead of eight and six singles matches that use best of three set scoring with super-tiebreakers for all third sets. Teams earn a single point for winning two of the three doubles matches and a point for every singles match won. The team that tallies four points wins the dual.
The Minutewomen have two games under their belt with a clean sheet win over Providence, 7-0, and a 4-3 victory against Connecticut. UMass is led by Chanel Glasper who is 4-5 in singles matches this season, including a 1-1 mark in dual play at the No. 1 position. On the doubles side, Aarzoo Malik and Yuliana Motyl are off to a 3-4 start. Prior to Saturday's match, the Minutewomen will compete against Brown, Friday, Jan. 31.
The Series with the Minutewomen
Harvard and Massachusetts have met five times since the series began in 1979-80. The Crimson has not dropped a matched to the Minutewomen to hold a 5-0 record which includes four victories in Cambridge.
Related Link: Women's Tennis Handles UMass in Spring Season Opener
The Crimson continues its five match homestand Saturday, Feb. 8, with local foe, Boston University.