Samantha Gridley will play the last home match of her career when Harvard hosts Brown Sunday (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team looks to get back in the win column when it travels to Yale Friday before hosting Brown Sunday. As part of the Crimson's last home match of the spring Sunday, the team will host a kids day for children ages 8-14 after the match.
The Crimson (9-6, 2-2 Ivy League) is coming off a pair of 4-3 setbacks to Ivy League foes Penn and Princeton last weekend. Harvard won the doubles point in each match, but fell one singles win short of winning the match in each contest. The Crimson has been strong in doubles play so far in 2011-12, as the squad has gone 44-24 overall and 7-5 in Ivy League doubles competition. Camille Jania and Samantha Gridley have provided Harvard with its most successful tandem, as the duo is 10-2 overall and 3-1 in Ancient Eight play. Jania also has the team's best singles record during the dual season with a 10-1 individual record. Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton are the lone Crimson players to be ranked, as the doubles team stands at No. 73 in the ITA rankings. The pair is 12-7 overall this season and 5-5 during the dual match portion of the schedule.
Harvard will host its USTA Kids Day following the match against Brown for kids ages 8-14. Children will be invited on the courts for games, drills, fun, food and prizes. To view the event flyer click here.
Scouting No. 30 Yale
The Bulldogs (16-3, 4-0 Ivy League) sit in first place in the Ancient Eight, ahead of Columbia and Princeton, which are both 3-2 in conference play. With one more win, Yale would clinch at least a share of the Ivy title. The Bulldogs have won seven straight matches to move to No. 30 in the latest ITA rankings. Yale also has three doubles teams in the rankings as Hanna Yu and Victoria Brook are No. 45, Brook and Amber Li are No. 81 and Li has paired with Amber Sullivan for the No. 88 ranking.
Scouting No. 56 Brown
Brown (16-6, 2-2 Ivy League) has dropped its last two matches against Ivy League foes Cornell and Columbia. Freshman Laura Wiley was the lone Bears player to win both of her singles matches during Brown's trip to New York. Wiley beat Cornell's Lauren Frazier, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, in the No. 5 position and Columbia's Crystal Leung, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4.
Harvard finishes its regular season slate at Dartmouth April 28.