The Harvard women's tennis team trounced Cornell, 9-0, in Ivy competition at home yesterday to raise its record to 7-4 over all and 4-0 in the Ivies.
"We really didn't know what to expect since everybody told us that they [Cornell] weren't very good, and that put a little pressure on us," said freshmen Roberta Hing, who won easily, 6-4, 6-3 as the netwomen's sixth seed. She later combined with sophomore Deanne Loonin to register a 10-5 pro-set victory over the Big Red's number two tandem.
The Crimson had little trouble in keeping its untarnished Ivy record intact The netwomen's dominating sweep of the contest included six straight-set singles triumphs, after which the Cornell coach suggested the 10-game pro-set format in doubles competition. Here again the Crimson flourished as the number one doubles duo of Erica Smith and Captain Deborah Kaufman overwhelmed Cornell's top pair, 10-2.
Smith continued to have a field day as she trampled the Big Red's third seed, 6-0, 6-0. Junior Erica Schulman bounced back from illness to take her singles match easily; she then teamed up with junior Maria Pe and the two had the easiest time of any Harvard twosome by defeating Cornell's third doubles pair, 10-1.
In other singles competition, top-seed sophomore Elizabeth Evans registered a 6-1, 6-2 victory while fifth seed Loonin took the first set, 6-2, before handing her opponent a 6-1 drubbing in the deciding second set. Pe, Harvard's second seed, had the toughest set of any Crimson netwoman as she edged Cornell's number two player, 7-6 in the first set; she followed that close call with a 6-0 second-set rout.
The squad's next match will be against Boston College on Wednesday.