Camille Jania won a pair of matches against Penn Saturday (photo Christopher Hill).
PHILADELPHIA -- The Harvard women's tennis team dropped its first Ivy League match of the season Saturday, a 4-3 decision to Penn. Camille Jania was the lone double winner for the Crimson, as she won at No. 3 doubles and No. 3 singles.
The Crimson got off to a good start, winning two of three doubles matches to take the first point of the contest. Kristin Norton and Hannah Morrill won at No. 2, 8-6, and Samantha Gridley and Jania took No. 3, 8-2.
Harvard opened up a 3-0 lead, one point away from victory, after winning the first two singles competitions to finish. Jania eased past Penn's Alex Ion, 6-1, 6-0, and Natalie Blosser nearly matched Jania's score with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Daniela DePaoli.
With Harvard needing one of the next four individual matches, Penn took a series of close duals. Two Crimson players forced third sets as Norton and Morrill both slipped to the Quakers in the final set. Norton had the tightest match, falling to Stephanie Do, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (4).
Harvard is back in action tomorrow at Princeton. The match is slated for a noon start time.
1. Eskenazi/Rodin (P) def. Tachibana/Whelan (H) 8-4
2. Norton/Morrill (H) def. Ion/Raghavan (P) 8-6
3. Gridley/Jania (H) def. Do/Whitfield (P) 8-2
1. Sol Eskenazi (P) def. Hideko Tachibana (H) 6-2, 6-4
2. Stephanie Do (P) def. Kristin Norton (H) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(4)
3. Camille Jania (H) def. Alex Ion (P) 6-1, 6-0
4. Natalie Blosser (H) def. Daniela DePaoli (P) 6-0, 6-2
5. Srinidhi Raghavan (P) def. Samantha Gridley (H) 6-4, 6-2
6. Emma Whitfield (P) def. Hannah Morrill (H) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3