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Brown Defeats No. 55 Harvard Women's Tennis, 4-1

Kristin Norton won the No. 1 doubles match with Hideko Tachibana against Brown (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women’s tennis team was defeated by Brown, 4-1, Sunday. Harvard finished fourth at the ECAC Indoor Championship going 1-2 through the tournament.

Harvard earned the doubles point winning the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches. Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana won the top doubles match over Bianca Aboubakare and Jessica Harrow, 8-6, for the Crimson. Holly Cao and Natalie Blosser followed with a win in the No. 2 doubles match, downing Carissa Aboubakare and Misia Krasowski, 8-4.

The winning did not continue in singles action for the Crimson, losing the first four completed matches. Brown took singles matches No. 3-6 in straight sets to secure the team victory. Holly Cao was leading the No. 1 match in the second set, while Hideko Tachibana had split the first two sets of the No. 2 match when those matches were abandoned.

The Crimson returns home next weekend to take on No. 67 William & Mary and No. 52 Purdue, Feb. 26 and 27, respectively.

No. 5 Brown def. No. 3 Harvard: 4-1 (after Decision, 3/6 format) 

Singles
No. 1 Cao, Harvard vs. Krasowski, Brown: 6-3, 4-3 (Decision DNF)
No. 2 Tachibana, Harvard vs. B. Aboubakare, Brown: 5-7, 6-2 (Decision DNF)
No. 3 Herzberg, Brown def. Norton, Harvard: 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 Harrow, Brown def. Blosser, Harvard: 7-5, 6-3
No. 5 Flanzer, Brown def. Gridley, Harvard: 6-1, 7-5
No. 6 Caldwell, Brown def.Lehman, Harvard: 6-4, 6-1 

Doubles
No. 1 Norton/Tachibana, Harvard def. B. Aboubakare/Harrow, Brown : 8-6
No. 2 Cao/Blosser, Harvard def. C. Aboubakare/Krasowski, Brown : 8-4
No. 3 Herzberg/Caldwell, Brown def. Rosekrans/Morrill, Harvard: 8-5