Harvard 4, Maryland 0

May 13, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Celia Durkin (Fr., Los Angeles, Calif.) closed out a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jennifer Dent at No. 3 singles to clinch No. 19 Harvards (18-6) 4-0 win over No. 42 Maryland (11-12) in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Division I Womens Tennis Championships Friday afternoon at the Robert M. Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson will face No. 16 seed Tennessee (15-8) in the second round Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Round of 16. The final four rounds of the championships will be held May 19-22 at the Dan Magil Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Harvard upset Arizona in the second round of the 2003 NCAA tournament, advancing to the programs first berth in the Round of 16 where the Crimson dropped a 4-0 decision to eventual national runner-up Stanford. Tennessee has advanced to the Round of 16 in each of the last seven seasons.

Co-captain Susanna Lingman (Sr., Irvine, Calif.) and Eva Wang (Jr., Haverford, Pa.) took the first of the doubles matches for the Crimson, recording a 8-1 win over Veronica Subertova and Brooke Rogers at No. 3 doubles. Ramona But and Marianne Baker knotted the doubles matches at 1-1, posting a 8-4 win over No. 33 Melissa Anderson (So., Sydney, Australia) and Celia Durkin.

Elsa ORiain (So., Cork, Ireland) and co-captain Courtney Bergman (Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.) clinched the doubles point for Harvard with an 8-6 win over Neda Mihneva and Tamar Huppes at No. 2 doubles. The Crimson broke a 4-4 deadlock to take a 7-4 lead before the Terps duo closed the gap to 7-6. The pair closed out the match to give the Crimson a crucial 1-0 lead heading into singles action.

Harvard quickly increased its lead to 3-0 with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Melissa Anderson improved to 24-5 on the season with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Veronika Subertova at No. 5 singles. Eva Wang moved the Crimson to within a point of victory with her 6-1, 6-3 victory over Julia Graca at No. 6 singles.

Celia Durkin was able to close out the match with her 6-4, 6-4 win over Jennifer Dent to vault Harvard into the second round. No. 50 Courtney Bergman was down 1-0 in the third set after splitting the first two sets, 6-2, 2-6, against No. 52 Ramona But at No. 1 singles. Susanna Lingman lost the first set, 7-6 (4) and was down 3-2 in the second against Marianne Baker at No. 2 singles. Elsa ORiain lost the first set, 7-6 (3) and was down 4-1 in the second when play was suspended.

No. 19 Harvard 4, No. 42 Maryland 0
1. Ramona But/Marianne Baker (M) def. No. 33 Celia Durkin/Melissa Anderson (H), 8-4
2. Courtney Bergman/Elsa ORiain (H) def. Neda Mihneva/Tamar Huppes (M), 8-6**
3. Susanna Lingman/Eva Wang (H) def. Veronika Subertova/Brooke Rogers (M), 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
** Clinched doubles point for Harvard

1. No. 50 Courtney Bergman (H) vs. No. 52 Ramona But (M), Did Not Finish
2. No. 88 Susanna Lingman (H) vs. Marianne Baker (M), Did Not Finish
3. Celia Durkin (H) def. Jennifer Dent (M), 6-4, 6-4**
4. No. 75 Elsa ORiain (H) vs. Neda Mihneva (M), Did Not Finish
5. Melissa Anderson (H) def. Veronika Subertova (M), 6-1, 6-3
6. Eva Wang (H) def. Julia Graca (M), 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 6, 3
** Clinched Match

-- Courtesy Harvard