No. 37 Women’s Tennis Opens Spring Break Trip with 6-1 Win Over Cal State Northridge

The Crimson opened its three-match spring break trip with a victory over the Matadors (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The 37th-ranked Harvard women's tennis team opened its spring break trip with a 6-1 victory over Cal State Northridge Tuesday afternoon at the Matador Tennis Complex.

The Crimson won the doubles point, taking two of the three matches, and also took five of the six singles contests to improve to 7-2 on the year, the best start since matching that number to open the 2003 campaign.

Harvard, which has now won the doubles point in seven of its nine contests this season, was able to hold off the Matadors (6-5) in doubles action. Sophomores Amy He and Amanda Lin got things started for Harvard with an 8-5 triumph over Leslie Chang and Scout Shutter on court three. Senior Hannah Morrill and freshman June Lee dropped an identical 8-5 decision to Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poel on the second court as the match tied at one win each. The 64th-seeded ITA doubles-tandem of freshmen Spencer Liang and Monica Lin bested Vivian Lin and Criss Rodriguez, 8-7 (5), to capture the doubles point for the Crimson.

Harvard dominated singles play, earning four of its five wins in two sets. He knocked off Poel, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 to put the Crimson ahead 2-0. Lee wasn't far behind, defeating Hsu, 6-2, 6-4 in the third position to put Harvard on the verge of clinching the match.

M. Lin sealed the win for the Crimson with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Rodriguez, the Schaumburg, Ill., native's eighth straight singles victory on the second court.  At No. 4, A. Lin downed Jessica Warren, 6-4, 6-1, before Morrill fell to Shutter, 6-3, 6-2. Liang's match against Lin in the top position was the lone match to go three sets on the afternoon. Liang picked up a 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 win over Lin to close Harvard's first spring break trip match.

The Crimson returns to the court tomorrow as it continues its spring break trip at San Diego State at 2 p.m.