CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team (4-7) dropped a tough non-conference loss to Syracuse (8-1), 6-1, on Sunday morning.
Syracuse came out of the gate strong, earning the doubles points, taking first and second doubles by identical scores of, 6-1. First doubles tandem of senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li played solid against the Orange's No. 19 doubles team of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez.
The Crimson made a match of it in the singles portion of the competition. Junior Erica Oosterhout battled Knutson, who is ranked No. 18 in singles, in first singles. Oosterhout forced a first set tiebreaker before failing 7-6, 6-1.
In third singles, despite dropping the first set, 7-6, Ringblom evened up the match against Orange freshman Sofya Golubovskaya with a 6-4 win in the second set. But it was not enough as Golubovskaya took the third set.
Sophomore Natasha Gonzalez picked up the lone win for Harvard, with a two-set, 6-4, 7-6, win over junior Dina Hegab in fourth singles.
- Sophomore Natasha Gonzalez earned her 12th singles victory of the season with a two-set win in fourth singles.
- Junior Erica Oosterhout nearly defeated the Orange's top-ranked singles player, Gabriela Knutson, in first singles.
- Senior Annika Ringblom forced a third set in third singles with a 6-4 win in the second set.
Harvard returns to the courts in two weeks, hosting Marist (11 a.m.) and Providence (3 p.m.). Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.