Gridley won the Flight F singles title at the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
Flushing, N.Y. – Harvard women's tennis player Samantha Gridley captured the Flight F singles title at the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. this weekend. Gridley also paired with Alexandra Lehman to win two doubles matches in Flight B.
After her first round opponent withdrew due to injury, Gridley defeated Annie Hang of Army in dominate fashion, 6-1, 6-1. In the semifinals, Gridley was matched against fellow Ivy Leaguer Tiana Takenaga from Columbia. Gridley continued her solid play as she downed Takenaga 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the finals against Binghamton's Marina Bykovskaya. In yet another straight set victory, Gridley garnered the Flight F title defeating Bykovskaya, 6-3, 7-5.
Gridley added two doubles victory to her impressive weekend as she and Lehman reached the semifinals of Flight B doubles. In their opening round match Gridley and Lehman beat Diamond Adams and Nakita Austin of St. John's, 8-2. The duo then defeated Egzona Morina and Julia Prantl from Fairleigh Dickinson, 8-5. Boston College's Alex Kelleher and Erina Kikuchi would halt Gridley's attempt for a second title, beating Harvard's pair 8-0.
Three other Harvard student-athletes competing captured victories. Samantha Rosekrans was in action for the Crimson in Flight A singles where she earned a win over Marija Dzakovic from Charleston Southern, 6-1, 6-2. Natalie Blosser recorded another Harvard victory as she defeated Joanna Zwirbulis of St. John's, 6-2, 1-6, 10-7, in her round of 16 Flight B singles match. In Flight D singles, Hannah Morrill tallied two victories in the consolation bracket. Morrill doubled her tournament win total as she and Blosser secured to wins in the Flight A doubles consolation bracket.
Harvard will have one weekend off before heading to Hanover, N.H. to compete in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships from Oct. 22-25.