NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Beginning its spring break schedule on the campus of Cal State-Northridge, the Harvard women's tennis (6-8) team fell to a tough Gonzaga (9-4) squad, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon.
Gonzaga took the early lead, claiming the doubles point winning first and third doubles. The Bulldogs' Nevada Apollo and Ashleigh Jacobs defeated the Crimson's duo of Isabel Jasper and freshman Neha Gupta, 6-0 in third doubles. In first doubles, senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li battled Sophie Whittle and Graciela Rosas to a 6-6 score, but ended up falling in the tiebreaker.
After dropping the first set of second singles, sophomore Jenna Friedel responded and edged out Rosas in the second set, 7-6, before shutting out the Bulldog, 6-0, in the third set. Fellow sophomore, Irene Lu earned Harvard's second victory, knocking off Apollo in two sets, 7-5, 6-3, while Ringblom defeated Domonique Garley in fourth singles, 6-0, 6-2.
In fifth singles, sophomore Natasha Gonzalez dropped the first set, 6-3, to Gonzaga's Haruna Tsuruta, but Gonzalez did not go away quietly. She took Tsuruta to 12 games before falling, 7-5 in the second set.
- Sophomore Jenna Friedel picked up her 10th victory with a comeback victory over Graciela Rosas (0-6, 7-6, 6-0) in second doubles.
- Senior Annika Ringblom earned her 12th singles win with a two-set (6-0, 6-2) in fourth singles.
- Sophomore Irene Lu improved to 13-9 in singles with a two-set (7-5, 6-3) win over Nevada Apollo in third singles.
Harvard returns to the courts on Friday March 16 against UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.