The Harvard women's tennis team split its southbound Ivy trip this weekend, falling 7-2 to Princeton on Friday before besting Penn 5-4 the next afternoon.
Looking to avenge a heart-breaking 5-4 loss to Princeton in the semifinals of the ECAC fall championships, the Crimson stretched five of six singles matches to the third set before falling to the Ivy leaders.
Clinching the win after sweeping the first four singles matches, Princeton coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Crimson. The Tigers boast an impressive 13-2 record for the year, and hold an impeccable 4-0 Ivy record, the first time since 1998.
No. 1 singles was the battle of the rookies, as freshman Sanja Bajin took on Kavitha Krishnamurthy, Princeton's top seed. Although Krishnamurthy emerged victorious, Bajin went down swinging. She pulled out a close 7-6 win in the first set, but Krishnamurthy dominated the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-1.
Captain Vedica Jain gave the Tigers' Amanda Hastings-Phillips some difficulty, but Princeton's No. 2 proved to be too formidable an opponent. Hastings-Phillips went up 6-3 in a strong first set. Jain battled to equalize the score with a 6-2 triumph of her own in the second, but Hastings-Phillips earned the win with a hard-fought 7-5 win for the match.
Starting in the No. 3 position, junior Sanaz Ghazal came close to pulling out the Crimson's first win but could not unseat Jyotsna Vasisht.
Vasisht notched the first set with a 6-3 victory. Ghazal fought valiantly and nabbed a 6-3 decision of her own in the second stanza. Vasisht stole the match with a 6-3 victory in the third set.
Princeton's Gailor Large owned the fourth seeded singles match, coasting over sophomore Jennie Timoney in two sets, the only singles match that the Crimson lost in straight sets. Large tallied a pair of 6-3 victories over Timoney to nab the win.