Women’s Tennis Looks for Third Straight Victory Against St. John’s Saturday

Hannah Morrill and the Crimson will be looking for its third straight victory when St. John's visits Cambridge Saturday at noon (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its last home match for nearly a month, the Harvard women's tennis team will host St. John's March 10 at noon. The Crimson, which have won its last two, will attempt to finish its five-match home stand over .500 as Harvard is 2-2 in its last four contests.

Scouting Harvard
Camille Jania is off to the best start of any Harvard player this season, as she is 5-0 in singles and 5-1 in doubles during dual matches. The junior has won two matches at No. 2 singles and three at No. 3, while all of her doubles wins have come in the No. 3 position with Samantha Gridley. Kristin Norton and Gridley have also provided a lift in dual match singles competition as each has a 4-2 record.

In the Rankings
Norton and Hideko Tachibana are ranked No. 29 among doubles teams according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released February 28. The juniors are 11-4 in 2011-12, including a 4-2 mark during dual matches. Norton and Tachibana have played at No. 1 doubles in each of Harvard's first six matches.

Last Time Out
After beating cross-town rival Boston University, 5-2, the day before, Harvard won its second match of the weekend, cruising past Furman, 5-2, at the Murr Center Feb. 25. The Crimson was propelled by Jania and Hannah Morrill, who each went 2-0 during the day. Jania won at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles with Gridley, while Morrill was victorious at No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles alongside Kelly Whelan.

After the match against Furman, the Crimson took time to give back to the local community by hosting a clinic for youth from the Tenacity tennis group. Tenacity is a local tennis and education program serving Boston's urban youth.

Scouting St. John's
The Red Storm (1-8), which play at Providence March 9, won one of three matches on its spring break trip last week. St. John's took down CSU Bakersfield, but fell to UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Los Angeles over a four-day span. Harvard and St. John's have two similar opponents as both teams fell to Syracuse this season and the Crimson beat Boston University, 5-2, while the Red Storm fell to BU, 5-2.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools in women's tennis.

Next Up

Harvard begins a stretch of four consecutive road matches as the Crimson visits Orlando, Fla., March 17-18. Harvard will take on Iowa and Central Florida during the trip.