This marks the first Ancient Eight title for women's tennis since the 2009 season (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 49 women's tennis team clinched their first Ivy League title since the 2009 season, besting Princeton, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Murr Center to earn a share of the Ivy League trophy.
The Crimson (17-7, 5-1 Ivy) opened the match by securing the doubles point. Lexi Milunovich and Natasha Gonzalez swept Gaby Pollner and Sivan Krems in the second position, 6-0. Annika Ringblom and Sabrina Xiong assisted the Crimson to the winning point, downing Clare McKee and Katrine Steffensen, 6-3, in the third positon. June Lee and Erica Oosterhout led Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn, 5-4, but were unable to finish the set, as the Crimson won the doubles point.
Oosterhout stepped up in the first position to face Steffensen. Oosterhout bested Steffensen, 7-5, in the first set, battling neck and neck in the second set. Tied at two apiece, Oosterhout secured the next four points to win the dual, giving Harvard its fourth point and the Ivy League title.
Lee faced Joyce in the second position, downing her opponent 6-4 in the opening frame and a 6-1 win in the second set. Lee boasts a 23-14 overall record on the season, with a 14-5 mark in the second slot.
Milunovich saw action in the third position against Tiffany Chen, securing the decisive seventh point in the opening frame, and continued to dominate through the second frame. Milunovich secured her victory with a final score of 7-6, 6-1.
Ringblom faced Krems in the fourth slot, securing a 6-4 win in the first set. Krems fought back to a 6-1 win in the second set, but Ringblom would not let her adhere any closer in the third stanza. Ringblom secured the set point, finishing with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 mark.
Irene Lu saw action in the fifth position, but was unable to secure the point, falling 7-6, 6-2 to Kalhorn. Though Gonzalez opening the first frame with a 6-3 victory, Pollner pulled ahead to win the tiebreaking third set, 3-6, 7-6, 1-1 (11-9).
Harvard will face Penn tomorrow to close out the regular season. The matches will begin at 1 p.m. at the Murr Center and will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network. A win for the Crimson would give the team a full share of the crown.
For a full archive of today's match, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.