Flight A Singles runner-up Holly Cao (photo
courtesy of Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team completed its opening weekend of competition Sunday at the 18th annual William and Mary Invitational with strong performances from co-captains Holly Cao and Samantha Rosekrans.
Cao, ranked No. 56 in the nation, began her weekend on Friday with a pair of straight set victories in Flight A. She first defeated Virginia's Erin Vierra, 6-4, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals where she downed Dominika Zaprazna of Marshall, 6-2, 6-0. Cao would defeat another Cavalier, No. 45 Lindsey Hardenbergh, on Saturday in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2, to earn a spot in the finals. Unfortunately, Cao would be defeated in the championship by Connie Hsu of Penn, 6-3, 6-2.
Rosekrans, competing in Flight C, began the tournament with a victory over Kelly Tidwell of Richmond, 7-5, 6-3. She advanced to the semifinals after Arina Alilueva of Old Dominion retired in the second set of their quarterfinal match. Olga Terteac of Virginia Commonwealth would knock Rosekrans off in the semifinals though, 6-3, 7-5. Rosekrans bounced back and finish in third-place as she defeated Caryssa Peretz of Virginia, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9, in the consolation match. Cao and Rosekrans would pair up in Flight A of doubles, playing to a 2-2 record.
In Flight B singles play, sophomore Kristin Norton and freshman Natalie Blosser would each drop a pair of matches before securing victories on Saturday in the consolation bracket. Norton would defeat Rashmi Teltumbde of Virginia, 6-2, 7-5, while Blosser defeated Shannon Betts of Virginia Tech, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 10-6. Norton and Hideko Tachibana teamed up in Flight A doubles play to defeat Joanna Dobrowlska and Diana Ivanova of ODU, 9-8 (4), in the consolation bracket. Tachibana also added two singles victories in the consolation bracket of Flight A.
The Crimson's Alexandra Lehman would also tally two singles victories in the consolation bracket of Flight D. Lehman defeated Chelsea Davis of Columbia on Friday, 6-0, 6-3, and Maria Voscekova of Marshall on Saturday, 6-3, 6-4.
Harvard will take a few weeks off from competition before heading west to compete in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships in California, which begin on Oct. 2.