The Crimson defeated its fourth ranked opponent this season (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its non-conference closer, the 50th-ranked Harvard women's tennis team upset 27th-seeded Houston, 4-3, at the Murr Center Sunday afternoon.
The win marks the Crimson's fourth over a ranked opponent this season and improves Harvard to 8-4 on the season.
To open the match, Harvard took the first two doubles contests to gain a 1-0 lead over Houston (13-4). The Crimson's sophomore tandem of Amy He and Amanda Lin beat Rocio Martin Fernandez and Charlotte Phillips, 8-4, at the third position. On court two, Harvard's freshmen pair of Spencer Liang and June Lee bested Maria Andrea Cardenas and Tina Rupert 8-7(5). Rookie Monica Lin and senior Hannah Morrill fell to Despoina Vogasari and Elena Kordolaimi, 8-5, when the first two matches ended.
Holding a 1-0 lead entering singles action, Harvard fell behind, 2-1, after the Crimson's ace, Liang, lost to 92nd-seeded Vogasari, 6-2, 6-2, and M. Lin dropped a 6-2, 7-6(3) decision to Kordolaimi in spot two.
He tied the match at 2-2, after picking up Harvard's first singles win on court four. A native of Burlington, Ont., He earned a straight set victory over Cardenas, 6-0, 6-4.
A. Lin regained the lead for Harvard and put the Crimson within a point of victory with a win 6-0, 6-2 win over Martin Fernandez at No. 6.
Morrill bested Phillips, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, on court five to secure the triumph for Harvard.
Lee was left on the court three for the Crimson, facing off against Rupert. The West Windsor, N.J., local, fell to Rupert, 6-2, 7-6(3) to close out the match.
Harvard returns to the court next weekend when it opens its Ivy League slate. The Crimson will play hosts to Columbia Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m., and entertain Cornell Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.