The Harvard women rallied in the singles matches, coming out on top of several close matches to give Harvard the 4-3 win. He gave the Crimson its first win on the day with her 6-4, 6-4 win at fourth singles, while Lee earned a win of her own at the third position with an exciting 7-6, 7-5 defeat of Penn’s Sonya Latycheva.
“I was actually down the whole time in that match,” Lee said. “I was down 0-3, and then I was down 1-4 in the first set, and I came back and won 7-6, and then in the second set I was down 2-4 and I came back and won 7-5….At first I was a little bit flustered, and wasn’t sure how to play [Latycheva]. But I knew that my team needed me, and I just tried whatever I could to stay in the match and keep it going as long as possible.”
Sophomore Monica Lin continued to bounce back from her four-game losing streak, as she beat Kana Daniel in three sets at second singles and gave Harvard the 3-2 edge. After Lin was taken down in three sets, Morrill came out on top and grabbed the victory for the Crimson.
PRINCETON 5, HARVARD 2
On the first Ivy road trip of the season, 46th-ranked Harvard was bested by 69th-ranked Princeton. The Tigers started off strong, sweeping two doubles matches, to take the early lead and never looked back as they grabbed a 5-2 win off the Crimson.
Harvard’s two wins came from Monica Lin and her classmate He, who collected points at second and fourth singles, respectively. Lin broke a four-game losing streak to earn a 6-4, 6-4 win while He downed Caroline Joyce 6-0, 6-2.
Morrill was the only member of the Crimson to take her match to three sets, but was unable to outlast Princeton’s Katie Goepel at the fifth position. Amanda Lin finished off the match for the Crimson, dropping a 6-1, 6-3 decision at sixth singles to give Princeton the 5-2 victory.
“We wanted to learn from what happened against Princeton,” Lee said. “We reflected on what we could have done better, what we did well, and what we could improve on when we played Penn. We just knew that we had to have a positive attitude and couldn’t be down because of the loss to Princeton; we kept reminding each other just to keep fighting.”
—Staff writer Glynis K. Healey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.