PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton pulled off an upset of No. 12-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather of Florida at the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championship Thursday. Harvard's No. 1 doubles team defeated Embree and Mather, who contributed to Florida's NCAA national championship last season, 8-4.
The win moved the Crimson pair to the second round of the main draw at the prestigious tournament.
"Today's win was great for Harvard tennis," Harvard women's tennis assistant coach Pavle Jefferson said. "Tachibana and Norton responded well to the challenge, playing focused and on point from start to finish. It was an impressive display of teamwork and I was proud to see their confidence build throughout the course of the match."
Harvard's road in the All-American does not get any easier as the duo will face No. 1 ranked Josipa Bek and Keri Wong of Clemson. Bek and Wong had a bye through round one. Sixteen teams remain in the main draw, including eight of the top nine doubles squads in the nation according to the preseason ITA rankings.