Women's Tennis Downs Cornell, 6-1, in Opening Round of ECAC Tournament

Kristin Norton picked up a win in the No. 3 singles match (photo courtesy of

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's tennis team defeated Cornell, 6-1, in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament Friday afternonn at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. With the win, the Crimson improves to 4-1 on the season.

Harvard clinched the doubles point after picking up wins in the No. 1 and 2 matches. The duo of sophomore Holly Cao and junior Samantha Rosekrans defeated Susan Sullivan and Natalia Sanchez, 8-5 in the No. 1 match. The rookie pair of Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton handed Christine Ordway and Sarah O'Neil a 9-7 defeat. In the No. 3 matchup, freshman Sophie Chang and sophomore Samantha Gridley fell to the duo of Ruxandra Dumitruscu and Kristin Lim, 8-3.

In singles action, Harvard picked up five wins in the afternoon. Cao easily defeated Ordway, 6-3, 6-0, in the No. 1 matchup. In the No. 2 position, Tachibana handed Lim a 6-3, 6-2 loss. Cornell's O'Neil gave Norton a challenge in the No. 3 spot, but Norton prevailed in three sets, winning 6-2, 5-7, 10-2. Harvard's Rosekrans cruised in the No. 4 matchup, defeating Sanchez 6-1, 6-1. Harvard faced another challenge in the No. 5 matchup, as Cornell's Sullivan took Chang to three sets. Chang came out on top, winning 6-1, 4-6, 13-11. Gridley fell in the No. 6 spot to Dumitrescu, 6-4, 2-6, 9-11.

Harvard faces Yale in the semifinal match Saturday at 2 p.m. Yale defeated Boston University in its opening round matchup.

No. 1 Holly Cao, (H) def. Christine Ordway, (COR): 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Hideko Tachibana, (H) def. Kristin Lim, (COR): 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Kristin Norton, (H) def. Sarah O’Neil, (COR): 6-1, 5-7, 10-2
No. 4 Samantha Rosekrans, (H) def. Natalia Sanchez, (COR): 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Sophie Chang, (H) def. Susan Sullivan, (COR): 6-1, 4-6, 13-11
No. 6 Ruxandra Dumitrescu, (COR) def Samantha Gridley, (H) 6-4, 2-6 9-11
No. 1 Holly Cao/Samantha Rosekrans, (H) def. Susan Sullivan/Natalia Sanchez, (COR): 8-5
No. 2 Hideko Tachibana/Kristin Norton, (H) def. Christine Ordway/Sarah O’Neil, (COR): 9-7
No. 3 Ruxandra Dumitrscu/Kristin Lim, (COR) def Sophie Chang/Samantha Gridley, (H): 8-3