Women’s Tennis Secures Two Victories at Home

Gonzalez clinched a 6-0, 6-3 win against Bryant (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team (7-5, 0-0 Ivy) secured a 4-3 win over St. John's and a 4-0 victory against Bryant on Saturday afternoon at the Murr Center.

First up in the double-header, Harvard faced St. John's. Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez clinched the set point against Zofia Stanisz and Olaya Inclan Solis in the second position, 7-5. The duo now leads the Crimson with a 7-2 record in doubles play. Sabrina Xiong and Jenna Friedel secured a 6-4 victory over Stephanie Elgegren and Jaide Collins in the third position to give Harvard the doubles point.

Although June Lee took the first set against Anna Morozova in the second singles position, 6-3, the senior was unable to win the tiebreaker, giving St. John's the opening point. Friedel stepped up for the Crimson in the third position, downing Elgegren in the first set, 6-2. Elgegren fought back in the second set, tallying a 7-6 win, but Friedel sunk her in the tiebreaker, 6-2. Lu defeated Stanisz in the fourth position, 6-1, 6-0 and Xiong tallied a 6-1, 6-2 win against Irina Preotescu in the sixth position.

After securing a 4-3 win against the Red Storm, Harvard stepped up to face Bryant later in the afternoon. Erica Oosterhout and June Lee challenged Marion Boillin and Ryan Brown in the first position, earning a 6-3 victory. Gonzalez and Lu netted their second victory of the day in doubles, downing Ashanti Campfield and Nina Luiggi in the second slot, 6-0.

Lee faced Boillin in the first position in singles, earning a pair of 6-1 decisions to give Harvard the set point. Irene Lu faced Luiggi in the third slot, taking the first set 6-0. Lu powered through to a 6-1 decision in the second set. Lu leads the Crimson with a 14-10 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in the last 10 matches. Gonzalez faced Brown in the fourth slot, finishing with a 6-0, 6-3 decision to finalize the point. 

Harvard will conclude its 10-game home stay, hosting Stony Brook and Providence on March 11 before traveling to the west coast for a series of matches March 15-18.