Milunovich Remains Undefeated after Leading the Crimson to Victory at Harvard Invitational

The women's tennis team closed out their fall season at the Harvard Invitational (Athletic Communications). 

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard women's tennis wrapped up its fall schedule with its own Harvard Invitational from Nov. 4-6. The round robin tournament included Boston University, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

On Friday, the Crimson met Syracuse on the Murr Center courts. In the doubles competition, June Lee and Erica Oosterhout paired up to face Masha Tritou and Dine Hegab and defeating the Orange, 6-1. Natasha Gonzalez and Irene Lu faced Nicole Mitchell and Libi Mesh, also winning 6-1.

In the singles competition, the Harvard freshmen battled their way to the top. Lexi Milunovich faced Mesh in the No. 2 position, and secured the victory with 6-2, 6-3 scores. Irene Lu faced Hegab in the No. 3 slot, also cruising to victory with scores of 6-4, 6-1. In the No. 4 position, Natasha Gonzalez fought a tough battle against Mitchell, ultimately walking away with the win with scores of 6-2, 7-6(3).

On Saturday, Harvard faced Pitt in round-robin play. In doubles, Lee and Oosterhout crushed Audrey Ann Blakely and Lolade Ogungbesan, 6-3. Gonzalez and Lu defeated their second pair, Amber Washington and Callie Frey, 6-4. In the No. 3 slot, Isabel Jasper and Milunovich paired up to defeat Gabriela Rezende and Clara Lucas, 6-1. In singles, Milunovich was the sole member of the Crimson to defeat the Panthers. Milunovich faced Audrey Ann Blakeley in the No. 2 position, besting her with 6-3, 6-4 marks.

The Crimson were also able to add two singles matches on Saturday, sending Annika Ringblom and Kaelli Thiel to compete against Boston University's Lily O'Fagen and Kaely Malik, respectively. Ringblom secured the victory with an 8-2 mark, while Theil fought back and forth with Malik to ultimately earn the point with 8-6 as the final score.

Harvard saw action against BU on Sunday, where the Crimson swept in every meeting. Lee and Oosterhout defeated Barbara Rodriguez and Iryna Kostirko, 6-1, while Milunovich and Gonzalez paired up to defeat Madison Craft and Remi Ramos, 6-1. Lu and Kaelli Thiel were paired against Lily O'Fagen and Kaely Malik in the No. 3 slot, with the Crimson defeating the Terriers, 6-2.

In singles action, Harvard sent Milunovich to the No. 1 position to face Kostriko. Milunovich remained undefeated for the weekend, positing scores of 6-2, 6-3. Lee faced Rodriguez in the No. 2 slot and was able to win with a pair of 6-3 marks. Lu went head to head with Ramos, ultimately securing a 6-0, 6-3 victory. Gonzalez tallied a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Craft in the No. 4 position. Nika Besker faced O'Fagen in the No. 5 spot, earning a pair of 6-0 marks. Sabrina Xiong battled Malik at the No. 6 position, ultimately earning the win with 4-6, 6-2(2) marks.

Harvard takes a break after its fall season and will return to play January 21 at Northwestern.