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No. 50 Women’s Tennis Hosts No. 27 Houston in Non-Conference Finale Sunday

The Crimson is set to compete against its fourth ranked opponent of the season Sunday (photo courtesy Athletic Communication).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 50th-ranked Harvard women's tennis team is set to close its non-conference ledger Sunday when the Crimson welcomes the 27th-seeded Houston Cougars to the Murr Center for an 11 a.m. match.

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Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a one-point decision to Long Beach State, 4-3, at the Rhodes Tennis Center to conclude its spring break trip.

The Crimson opened the contest by dropping two doubles matches to fall behind 0-1. Harvard's deficit grew quickly as the dual transitioned to singles play as Hannah Morrill and June Lee were bested by the 49ers on courts five and three, respectively. Amanda Lin picked up the Crimson's first win of the day, when the junior downed Holly Reid, 6-2, 6-1, in the sixth spot. The win wouldn't be enough, however, as Amy He fell to Karolina Rozenberg, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 4 for Long Beach to secure the victory.

Spencer Liang and Monica Lin each earned victories in Harvard's first and second positions, respectively, for the final 4-3 verdict. 

Related Link: No. 37 Women's Tennis Falls to Long Beach State, 4-3, in Spring Break Trip Conclusion

About No. 50 Harvard
The Crimson looks to snap a two-match skid Sunday after concluding its annual spring break trip with setbacks at San Diego State, 6-1, and Long Beach State, 4-3.

Monica Lin has continued to pace Harvard as the freshman holds an undefeated mark, 10-0, in dual action at the second spot. Classmates Spencer Liang and June Lee each bring 6-2 records into play Sunday.

Harvard's sophomore tandem of Amy He and Amanda Lin lead the Crimson pairs on the doubles court with a 6-1 record in dual action.

Scouting No. 27 Houston
The Cougars have picked up two straight wins including a 5-2 victory at SMU Saturday to bring a 13-3 record to Cambridge. Despoina Vogassari, who sits 92nd in the ITA, leads Houston on the singles court with an 18-5 ledger while the freshman teams up with Elena Kordolaimi in doubles action to hold a team-best 10-6 mark. Prior to Sunday's match, Houston travels to Hanover, N.H., for a dual against Dartmouth Friday.

The Series with the Cougars
Harvard and Houston will meet for the second time Sunday. The Crimson downed the Cougars, 5-4, in the program's first meeting in Houston in 1999. 

In the Rankings
After upsetting then-No. 11 Clemson, Harvard earned its highest ranking of the season in the ITA College Tennis Rankings as the Crimson were seeded 35th Feb. 25.  After dropping two consecutive matches Harvard has slipped down to No. 50. The Crimson debuted on the initial national poll seeded 68th Jan. 2. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 57.

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Jan. 2
Jan. 21
Jan. 29
Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Feb. 25
March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25 

ITA
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66
T-66
68
35
37
40
37
50 

Related Link: ITA Rankings

Just Keep Winning
Monica Lin has downed a team-best 22 opponents on the singles court this season and rides an 11-match win streak into Sunday's dual. The freshman has gone unbeaten (10-0) in dual action this season at the second position.

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 57 singles victories, including 23 in dual action, which is .587 percent (57-97) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 22-4 record.

Protecting Home Court
The Crimson has competed in 307 matches at home to boast a 237-70 (.772) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 41 of its 74 foes at home including Ivy League rivals Columbia and Cornell. 

Unbeatable
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 137 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 52 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .380 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson remained unbeaten against Cal State Northridge, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island and will attempt to keep a perfect record against Houston.  

100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse Feb. 9, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory. Green is now 103-87 all-time including a 69-59 mark at the helm of the Crimson.

0-peners
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 Jan. 25. The season-opening clean sheet marks the 14th in Harvard history.

What's Next
Harvard opens its Ancient Eight slate next weekend when it entertains Columbia and Cornell. The Lions venture to Cambridge Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m., while the Big Red visits Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m.