Hideko Tachibana has reached the quarterfinals of the tournament after winning her first three matches (Photo courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications).
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Hideko Tachibana made it to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Division I Women's Northeast Regional Championships, but her run stopped there as she fell to Columbia's Kanika Vaidya, 6-2, 6-4.
Tachibana, a senior and co-captain, reached the round of eight of the singles bracket after receiving a bye and winning her first three matches of the tournament. The Texas native knocked off Boston College's Julia Casselbury, 6-4, 6-1, Stony Brook's Polina Movchan, 7-5, 7-5, and Dartmouth's Akiko Okuda, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals against Vaidya.
Several other members competed and had success before being eliminated from the tournament.
Freshman Amanda Lin beat Alexandra Livingston of St. Peters, 6-0, 6-0, and Alex Kelleher of Boston College, 6-4, 6-3, before falling to Misia Krasowski of Brown, 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 32.
Classmate Hai-Li Kong was leading Stef Balasa of Rutgers 6-0 before the latter retired to advance. In the round of 64, Kong faced Katherine Yau of Dartmouth and dropped the match, 6-2, 6-4.
Crystal Yen, another rookie, won her two qualifying matches to reach the main draw, beating UConn's Srna Stosljevic, 6-1, 6-2, and Stony Brook's Becky Shtilkind, 6-3, 6-4. Once in the main draw, she lost to Sanne Louwers of Long Island, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round.
Sophomore Sylvia Li also dropped her opening round match, getting beat by Rutgers' Gina Li, 6-2, 6-0.
In the doubles portion of the tournament, Amy He and Hannah Morrill reached the round of 16. The duo bested Dina Guzairova and Anna Rapoport from Farleigh Dickinson, 8-4, and Laila Judeh and Ryann Young from Cornell, 8-5, prior to losing to Lindsay Graff and Amanda Mulliawan from Princeton, 8-2.
Li and Lin won their first doubles match against Seton Hall's Chloe Sher and Rocio Portela-Berriors, 8-3, then lost to Boston College's Olga Khmylev and Jessica Wacnik, 8-6.
Harvard's third doubles team of Natalie Blosser and Kong was edged by Nicole Bartnik and Crystal Leung of Columbia, 8-6, in their first match.
Blosser also competed as an individual in the qualifying round and went 1-1. She topped Delaware's Carmen Lai, 7-5, 6-2, then lost to Marcela Rosales of Drexel, 6-4, 7-6, to just miss earning a spot in the main draw.
While Tachibana will continue to compete in N.Y., the rest of the Crimson returns to action Nov. 9 in the Harvard Fall Tournament.
Qualifying Singles First Round
Yen (Harvard) def. Stosljevic (UConn) - 6-1, 6-2
Blosser (Harvard) def. Lai (Delaware) - 7-5, 6-2
Qualifying Singles Second Round
Yen (Harvard) def. Shtilkind (Stony Brook) - 6-3, 6-4
Rosales (Drexel) def. Blosser (Harvard) - 6-4, 7-6 (7)
Main Draw Singles Round of 128
Tachibana (Harvard) - bye
Li (Rutgers) def. Yen (Harvard) - 6-2, 6-0
Louwers (Long Island) def. Li (Harvard) - 6-2, 6-4
Kong (Harvard) def. Balasa (Rutgers) - 6-0, Ret (inj)
Lin (Harvard) def. Livingston (St. Peters) - 6-0, 6-0
Main Draw Singles Round of 64
Tachibana (Harvard) def. Casselbury (Boston College) - 6-4, 6-1
Lin (Harvard) def. Kelleher (Boston College) - 6-4, 6-3
Yau (Dartmouth) def. Kong (Harvard) - 6-2, 6-4
Main Draw Singles Round of 32
Tachibana (Harvard) def. Movchan (Stony Brook) - 7-5, 7-5
Krasowski (Brown) def. Lin (Harvard) - 6-3, 6-2
Main Draw Singles Round of 16
Tachibana (Harvard) def. Okuda (Dartmouth) - 6-2, 6-3
Main Draw Singles Round of 8
Vaidya (Columbia) def. Tachibana (Harvard) - 6-2, 6-4
Doubles Round of 64
He/Morrill (Harvard) def. Guzairova/Rapoport (Farleigh Dickinson) - 8-4
Li/Lin (Harvard) def. Sher/Portela-Berrios - 8-3
Bartnik/Leung (Columbia) def. Blosser/Kong - 8-6
Doubles Round of 32
He/Morrill (Harvard) def. Judeh/Young (Cornell) - 8-5
Khmylev/Wacnik (Boston College) def. Li/Lin (Harvard) - 8-6
Doubles Round of 16
Graff/Mulliawan (Princeton) def. He/Morrill (Harvard) - 8-2