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Women's Tennis Holds off No. 46 Yale, Stands in Second Place in Ivy League

Women's Tennis Holds off No. 46 Yale, Stands in Second Place in Ivy League

Samantha Rosekrans clinched the victory for the Crimson with a win in the No. 4 singles match (photo courtesy of DSPics.com).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Harvard women's tennis team defeated Yale, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. With the win, the Crimson now stands in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League with a 5-1 record.

The doubles point proved to be critical as Harvard and Yale split the singles matches, with each side earning three points. In the No. 1 doubles match, Samantha Rosekrans and Holly Cao defated Yale's Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark, 8-3. Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton also picked up an 8-3 victory in their doubles match, downing Jessica Rhee and Stephanie Kent on court two. Alexandra Lehman and Agnes Sibilski fell 8-2 in the No. 3 match.

In singles play, Yale's Clark came back and tied the match 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lehman in the No. 6 match. Sibilski lost her first set on court five, 6-2, but bounced back and won the next two, 6-3, 6-3, to help Harvard regain the lead. In the No. 2 match, Tachibana handed Kent a 7-6(5), 6-3 loss. Down 3-1, Yale fought back and claimed a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Norton on court three to cut the Crimson lead to 3-2. Cao jumped out to an early lead on court one with a 6-2 win in the first set, but was unable to outlast Brook and fell 7-6(5), 6-4, in the next two sets, to force the match to be decided on court four.

In the first set, Rosekrans lost to Stevi Petrelli, 6-7(5), but tied it up with a 6-4 win in the second set. With all of the other courts finished and the match tied at 3-3, Rosekrans pulled out a 6-3 victory in the third set to give Harvard the match win.

Harvard wraps up the regular season at Dartmouth on Wednesday. Doubles play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Singles
1.  Vicky Brook (Yale) def. #67 Holly Cao (Harvard), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
2.  Hideko Tachibana (Harvard) def. Stephanie Kent (Yale), 7-6 (5), 6-3
3.  Jessica Rhee (Yale) def. Kristin Norton (Harvard), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
4.  Samantha Rosenkrans (Harvard) def. Stevi Petrelli (Yale), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
5.  Agnes Sibliski (Harvard) def. Elizabeth Epstein (Yale), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
6.  Lindsay Clark (Yale) def. Alexandra Lehman (Harvard), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles
1.  H. Cao /S. Rosenkrans (H) def. V. Brook/L. Clark (Yale), 8-3
2.  H. Tachibana /K. Norton (H) def. J. Rhee/S. Kent (Yale), 8-3
3.  E. Epstein/S. Petrelli (Y) def. A. Lehman/A. Sibliski (Harvard), 8-2

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