Women's Tennis Falls, 4-3, at Penn and Princeton
Coming into this weekend, the Harvard women’s tennis team was 2-0 in Ivy play with a solid shot at the league title.
But the Crimson was unable to continue its winning streak, losing to both Penn and Princeton on the road by a score of 4-3.
The visitors came out strong in both contests, taking two of the three doubles matches to give it a 1-0 team lead heading into singles play. But both the Quakers and Tigers outmatched Harvard in singles play, taking four of six bouts en route to their one-point team victories.
Junior Camille Jania and sophomore Natalie Blosser recorded singles wins against Penn, while junior co-captains Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton did the same against Princeton.
Jania, who is 16-3 on the season, also notched two doubles decisions with her senior partner Samantha Gridley at the No. 3 spot.
“We really came out on fire,” Gridley said. “We were down in a lot of matches and came back. It was really incredible.”
The results of the weekend leave the Crimson tied for fourth with Columbia in the Ivy League standings.
PRINCETON 4, HARVARD 3
After dropping its contest to Penn the day before, the Crimson lost another close contest to the Tigers, 4-3, to close out its weekend.
In doubles play, Princeton’s tandem of No. 30 Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff took down No. 48 Norton and Tachibana, 8-3, before the duo of Gridley and Jania defeated their foe by the same score.
The doubles point was won by freshman Kelly Whelan and sophomore Hannah Morrill in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (9).
But trouble came in singles play for Harvard. Princeton tied up the team score quickly when Jania lost to Graff, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position.
Tachibana put her team back up by one with her 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 1 court, but Blosser’s 6-1, 6-2 loss and freshman Sylvia Li’s 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots, respectively, allowed the Tigers to grab the lead.
With Princeton one match away from claiming the team victory, Norton knotted the team score at three with her 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot, putting the pressure on Gridley and Monica Chow at the No. 5 court.
In a back-and-forth match, Chow finished with the upper hand, 6-3, 6-7 (13), 6-4,to give her team the victory and the Crimson its second loss of the trip.