Singles Play Drives Harvard Women's Tennis Over Old Dominion

Sylvia Li helped Harvard to a win over Old Dominion with a win in the No. 6 position Sunday (photo Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's tennis team lost its first doubles point in its last nine matches, but dominated singles play to beat Old Dominion, 4-1, Sunday. The Crimson swept all four singles contests that were played to conclusion before inclement weather stopped the match.

After falling behind, 1-0, due to two doubles losses, Harvard rebounded quickly. Kristin Norton evened the score at 1 with a sweeping straight set victory over Aleksandra Mitrovska, 6-0, 6-0, with a win at No. 2 singles.

Camille Jania then gave Harvard a 2-1 lead, as the junior knocked off Melissa Esnal Olguin, 6-0, 6-1. Jania moved to 7-0 during individual contests in dual matches with her win in the No. 3 position.

Hideko Tachibana kept Harvard rolling with a victory at No. 1 before Sylvia Lie concluded the match with a win in the No. 6 spot. Tachibana beat ODU's Diana Ivanova, 7-5, 6-2, while Li topped Faith Atiso, 6-4, 6-1.

The last two individual matches, Natalie Blosser at No. 4 and Samantha Gridley at No. 5, were not completed as Harvard had already clinched the overall win.

Jania and Gridley paired to give the Crimson its lone doubles victory, an 8-3 win over Khmolovska and Atiso.

The victory over Old Dominion concluded the non-conference season for Harvard, as the Crimson will play its Ivy League schedule throughout April. Harvard starts Ancient Eight play by hosting Cornell April 6 and Columbia April 7.

Doubles (2-1 ODU)
1. Ivanova/Mitrovska (ODU) over No. 33 Tachibana/Norton (HU) 8-1
2. Esnal Olguin/Pires (ODU) over Morrill/Whelan (HU) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Gridley/Jania (HU) over Khmolovska/Atiso (ODU) 8-3

Singles (4-0 Harvard)
1. Hideko Tachibana (HU) def. Diana Ivanova (ODU) 7-5, 6-2
2. Kristin Norton (HU) def. Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Camille Jania (HU) def. Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Juliana Pires (ODU) vs. Natalie Blosser (HU) 3-6, 6-3, 5-2 DNF
5. Nika Khmolovska (ODU) vs. Sam Gridley (HU) 6-7 DNF 
6. Sylvia Li (HU) def. Faith Atiso (ODU) 6-4, 6-1