Women's Tennis Closes Season With Win
Going out in style.
That is how women's tennis and captain Vedica Jain finished up the season on Saturday, beating cross-town rival Boston University in stunning fashion, 5-1.
With the NCAA Championships beyond the Crimson's grasp, Saturday's B.U. match marked the end of its season.
"It was a great match," Jain said. "Everyone wanted to finish the season with a victory."
Crucial to the win, tight victories came for the Crimson at the top two positions.
In a squeaker, Jain beat Terrier senior Selin Nassi, 7-5, 7-5. In part, it was revenge for the Crimson captain, as Nassi had defeated Jain in each of their past two meetings. Nassi was also voted the America East conference's Most Outstanding Player last year.
After the win, the Beren Tennis Center crowd erupted in cheers and foot-stomping for the outgoing Crimson captain, a first-team All-Ivy selection last season.
"It was great to see the support of my teammates," Jain said of her last collegiate match.
At No. 2 singles, freshman Sanja Bajin defeated Terrier sophomore Christina Causway, 7-5, 6-2. Bajin was down 5-4 in the first set, but came back to win nine out of the next 11 games to close out the first set and dominate the second.
Junior Sanaz Ghazal, sophomore Fleur Broughton and freshman Lara Naqushbandi all continued the Harvard dominance by winning at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 singles, respectively.
While Ghazal and Naqushbandi both put their opponents away early in two sets, Broughton was taken to a third set by Terrier freshman Alana Marcu. After losing the first set, 6-3, Broughton came back to win the second set, 7-6, and then dominate in the third, 6-0.
The only loss came at No. 4 singles. B.U. junior Carrie Rose beat sophomore Jennie Timoney, 6-1, 6-3.
There were no doubles played in the match because of impending final exams for both teams.
Harvard finishes up the season tied for second in the Ivies with Penn at 5-2. Princeton captures the title with a perfect record of 7-0 and advances to the NCAA championship. Harvard was the defending Ivy champion.
The Crimson ends the season with a 12-11 overall record.
"We have a very young team," Jain said. "All in all, it was a very positive season."