A. Lin earned a win at No. 6 in the setback (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The 37th-seeded Harvard women's tennis team concluded its spring break trip Saturday afternoon by dropping a one-point decision to Long Beach State at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The Crimson (7-4) opened the match by dropping two doubles matches to fall behind 0-1. The senior, freshman partnership of Hannah Morrill and June Lee fell to Maeva Razakasoa and Hayley Thompson, 8-4 on court two. Harvard's top duo of rookies Spencer Liang and Monica Lin, who ranked 64th in the nation, were downed by Long Beach's (12-2) pair of Laura Eales and Ebba Unden.
Harvard's deficit grew quickly as the dual transitioned to singles play. Morrill was bested by Hayley Thompson, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5 before Lee was setback by Julie Gerard, 6-2, 6-2 on court three.
Amanda Lin picked up the Crimson's first win to cut the 49ers lead to 3-1. In the sixth position, the sophomore defeated Holly Reid, 6-2, 6-1, to bring Harvard within two, 3-1. The win wouldn't be enough, however, as junior Amy He dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision to Rozenberg in the fourth position and the 49ers secured the victory.
Liang and M. Lin picked up victories in Harvard's first and second spots, respectively, for the final 4-3 verdict. Liang defeated Razakasoa, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), while M. Lin continued her win-streak with a 7-6, 7-4, 6-4 triumph over Unden.
Harvard returns to Cambridge to close its non-conference schedule when the Crimson welcomes Houston to the Murr Center Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m.