Kristin Norton is 2-1 this season after winning her No. 3 singles match today (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
EVANSTON, Ill. - After splitting the singles matches, No. 38 Boise State won two of the three doubles matches to knock of the 44th-ranked Harvard women's tennis team, 4-3. The match was the consolation contest of the ITA Division I Kickoff Weekend tournament in which the Crimson was one of four nationally ranked teams competing at Northwestern.
No. 45 Holly Cao started the Crimson off on a positive note, dispatching the Bronco's Lauren Megale, 6-0, 6-0. Marlena Pietzuch evened the match when she downed Harvard's Natalie Blosser, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 4 singles match.
Through the final four singles matches Harvard was able to even the score each time Boise State went up a point. In the No. 3 singles match, Kristin Norton took down Stephanie Jasper, 6-3, 6-2, to even the score at two apiece. Hideko Tachibana evened the team scores at three after knocking off Sonia Klamczynska, 7-6, 6-4, in the No. 2 singles match.
The Broncos took the upper hand early in doubles play as Jasper and Sandy Vo won the No. 3 doubles match over Hannah Morrill and Norton, 8-5. Harvard's Cao and Samantha Rosekrans were able to hold off Megale and Pietzuch, 8-6, in the No. 1 doubles match.
The Broncos were able to once again one up the Crimson at the most important time of the match as Elyse Edwards and Morgan Basil tallied the deciding victory over Natalie Blosser and Tachibana, 8-6. The win gave Boise State the doubles point and the team victory.
Harvard will return home to play cross-town rival Boston College, Feb. 5.
No. 38 Boise State 4, No. 44 Harvard 3
1: #45 Holly Cao (HVD) def. Lauren Megale (BSU), 6-0, 6-0
2: Hideko Tachibana (HVD) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU), 7-6, 6-4
3: Kristin Norton (HVD) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU), 6-3, 6-2
4: Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Natalie Blosser (HVD), 6-0, 6-1
5: Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Samantha Gridley (HVD), 6-1, 7-5
6: Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Hannah Morrill (HVD), 6-1, 6-3
1: Cao/Rosekrans (HVD) def. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU), 8-6
2: Edwards/Basil (BSU) def. Blosser/Tachibana (HVD), 8-6
3: Jasper/Vo (BSU) def. Morrill/Norton (HVD), 8-5
Order of Finish:
Singles (1, 4, 6, 3, 5*, 2)
Doubles (3, 1, 2*)