Women's Tennis Takes Down Iowa, Extends Win Streak to Four

Natalie Blosser and the Crimson won its fourth straight match Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

ORLANDO – The Harvard women's tennis team battled the Florida heat and extended its winning streak to four Saturday with a 5-2 win over No. 73 Iowa in Orlando.

The Crimson (5-3) opened with a 1-0 lead after taking two of three in doubles matches and continued to win four of six singles matches.

On the doubles side, Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana rolled to an 8-3 win and Natalie Blosser and Sylvia Li claimed the point for Harvard with a tiebreaking win. Blosser and Li beat Christina Harizan and Ally Majercik, 9-8 (8-6), in an extended match.

Tachibana and Li were also straight set winners in singles play. Tachibana beat Shelby Talcott, 6-2, 6-2, and Blosser took down Harazin, 6-4, 6-4.

Samantha Gridley and Hannah Morrill were also winners in singles to help Harvard to its fourth straight win. Morrill eased past Ellen Silver, 6-3, 6-3. Gridley had the most challenging match of the day, slipping past Morven McCulloch, 6-2, 5-7 (10-3).

Harvard takes the courts again tomorrow, facing Central Florida at 11 a.m. in Orlando.

1. Norton/Tachibana (H) def. Talcott/Monlar (I) 8-3
2. Silver/ Zordani (I) def. Morrill/ Whelan (H) 8-6
3. Blosser/Li (H) def. Harizan/Majercik (I) 9-8 (8-6) 

1. Monlar (I) def. Norton (H) 6-3, 6-2
2. Tachibana (H) def. Talcott (I) 6-2, 6-2
3. Gridley (H) def. McCulloch (I) 6-2, 5-7, (10-3)
4. Zordani (I) def. Whelan (H) 6-4, 6-4
5. Blosser (H) def. Harazin (I) 6-4, 6-4
6. Morrill (H) def. Silver (I) 6-3, 6-3