With a chance to win the title outright, Harvard fell to Penn, 4-3, on Sunday. The Crimson will share the championship with Cornell and Dartmouth, with the Big Green receiving the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid by virtue of its victory over the Quakers (11-9, 4-3) on Saturday.
Before Sunday, the last time that the Harvard women’s tennis team had won its Ivy League opener sophomore Erica Oosterhout was a freshman in high school. Oosterhout played a major role in ending the streak as the Crimson topped No. 44 Dartmouth in a hotly contested showdown at the Murr Center on Sunday.
The narrow 4-3 defeat was the team’s third consecutive loss to the Tribe (8-9, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and cut short the Crimson’s eight-match win streak.
While the weather in southern California was uncharacteristically cool during the Harvard women’s tennis team’s trip to the region, the squad’s red-hot play made up for it. The Crimson won all three matches, each of which was played outdoor under the California sun, to push its win streak to eight.
The victories over the Red Storm, a team that has already beaten Yale and DePaul, and Bulldogs pushed the Crimson’s win streak to three as the team prepares for its final two matches before a spring break trip to Santa Barbara, Calif. Irene Lu led the charge for Harvard, winning both of her singles matches on the day.
The opponents that the Harvard women’s tennis team faced at last weekend’s ECAC Championships were familiar ones for the Crimson. Harvard was paired with Cornell and Brown in the two-day tournament held at the Murr Center. The Crimson split its matches, edging the Big Red on Saturday before falling to the Bears the next day.
Playing its first matches of 2017 at the Murr Center, the women's tennis team picked up its first three victories of the season, stymieing Boston College, Georgetown, and Rhode Island over the weekend. Captain June Lee, junior Annika Ringblom, and freshman Irene Lu all won three singles matches over the two days. For her performance, Lee is The Crimson’s Athlete of the Week.