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Princeton Slips Past Women's Tennis, 4-3

Kristin Norton won in the No. 3 singles position Sunday (photo Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Harvard women's tennis team dropped a one-point decision to Ivy League rival Princeton Sunday. The Crimson fell to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in the Ancient Eight.

The Crimson opened the match by taking two doubles matches to secure the first point of the contest. Samantha Gridley and Camille Jania won at No. 3 doubles, 8-3, while Hannah Morrill and Kelly Whelan won at No. 2. Morrill and Whelan outlasted their Princeton opponents, 9-8 (9).

In singles, Harvard picked up two wins, one short of the necessary three to win the match.

Hideko Tachibana swept Hilary Bartlett, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles position. Bartlett had been ranked No. 100 in the most recent ITA singles rankings.

At No. 3 singles, Norton won a back-and-forth battle against Katherine Flanigan. The junior, playing at No. 3 for the first time this year, won the three-set match, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Norton's win tied the match at 3-3, but Princeton won the last dual to finish.

Harvard has three remaining Ivy League matchups on its schedule. The Crimson play at Yale April 20, host Brown April 22 before finishing at Dartmouth April 28.

Doubles
1. Bartlett/Graff (P) def. Norton/Tachibana (H), 8-3
2. Morrill/Whelan (H) def. Goepel/Saiontz (P), 9-8(9)
3. Gridley/Jania (H) def. Chow/Flanigan (P), 8-3

Singles
1. Hideko Tachibana (H) def. Hilary Bartlett (P), 6-2, 6-3
2. Lindsay Graff (P) def. Camille Jania (H), 6-1, 6-0
3. Kristin Norton (H) def. Katherine Flanigan (P), 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
4. Rachel Saiontz (P) def. Natalie Blosser (H), 6-1, 6-2
5. Monica Chow (P) def. Samantha Gridley (H), 6-3, 6-7(13), 6-4
6. Katie Goepel (P) def. Sylvia Li (H),  6-3, 6-4