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Women's Tennis Travels to Midwest to Take on Purdue, No. 39 Illinois

Pictured: Samantha Gridley
Photo Courtesy: DSPics.com

The Particulars

The Harvard women’s tennis team travels to the Midwest to face Purdue, Feb. 27, and No. 39 Illinois, Feb. 28.

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Last Time Out
The Crimson placed third in the ECAC Indoor Championship by defeating Princeton, 4-2, Feb. 14. Harvard cruised past Cornell, 6-1, in the opening round of the tournament before falling to Yale, 6-1, in the second round match.

In the third place match, Princeton won the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 3 match. Harvard picked up four wins in singles play to claim the match victory. Holly Cao remained undefeated at the No. 1 position with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hilary Bartlett. Hideko Tachibana defeated Melissa Saiontz, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) in the No. 2 match. Samantha Rosekrans and Sophie Chang won the No. 4 and 5 matches, respectively.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard holds a 5-2 overall record entering the weekend. The team holds a 25-11 singles record in dual play, with Holly Cao holding a perfect 5-0 mark in the No. 1 position. At No. 2, Hideko Tachibana stands 5-1, while Kristin Norton is 4-2 in No. 3 play.

In doubles play, the pair of Cao and Rosekeans hold a 3-4 record in the No. 1 postion, while Norton and Tachibana are 2-3 in the No. 2 spot. In the No. 3 position, Chang and Gridley are 3-2.

Scouting the Boilermakers
The Boilermakers are undefeated on the season, sporting a perfect 7-0 record. They face the Oregon Ducks Friday night before hosting the Crimson on Saturday.

Jennifer Rabot and Bhavani Tirumurti both boast unbeaten 7-0 records in dual play, Rabot in the No. 2 spot and Tirumurti at the No. 3 position. Anna Dushinka (No. 4), Michell Sammons (No. 1) and Imogen Golder (No. 5) are all 6-1 in their respective positions in dual play.

The duo of Rabot and Sammons are undefeated at the No. 1 doubles spot, while Golder and Tirumurti are 5-2 in the No. 3 position.

Scouting the No. 39 Illini
Illinois stands 3-5 on the season, with their five losses coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. The team hosts Northwestern on Friday night before hosting the Crimson on Sunday.

Rachel White is 2-6 in the No. 1 position in dual matches while Meghan Fudge holds a 6-2 record at the No. 2 position. The remaining four positions have been inconsistent, with multiple players getting turns in the lineup. Three players have split time at the No. 3 position and have earned a 4-4 record in dual play. Five players have combined for a 6-2 record in the No. 4 spot, while Illinois is 3-5 in the No. 5 position and 5-1 in No. 6 matches.

In doubles action, the duo of Marisa Lambropoulos and White hold a perfect 2-0 record at the No. 1 spot, while Lambroppoulos and Chelcie Abajian are 2-1 at the No. 2 spot.

Next Up
The Crimson continues their road stretch with a trip to Florida to take on Central Florida, March 6, and South Florida March 8.