Women's Tennis Bounces Back in Singles to Knock Off Brown, 5-2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Sophomore Natasha Gonzalez clinched the Harvard (10-8, 2-0 Ivy) women's tennis team's second straight Ivy League win with a three-set victory in sixth singles as the Crimson defeated Brown (8-10, 1-1 Ivy), 5-2, on Friday afternoon. 

Brown came out of the gate strong, taking the doubles point with wins in first and third doubles. Trailing 5-3 in second doubles, Gonzalez and doubles partner, junior Erica Oosterhout battled back to tie the match at 5-5, before the doubles portion of the competition was determined. 

However, the Crimson bounced back in singles, winning five of the six singles matches. Gonzalez jumped ahead of Juliana Simon taking the first set, 6-4, but Simon evened the match, edging out Gonzalez, 7-5 in the second set. With the match all square at one, Gonzalez put the hammer down in the final set to pull out the 6-3 win.

Despite the match already being determined, Oosterhout capped off the Crimson win with a three-set victory over Brown's Alyza Benotto in first singles (7-6, 4-6, 6-4). Sophomore Jenna Friedel also was outstanding in second singles, earning the three-set (6-2, 1-6, 6-2) win over Maddie Stearns. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore Natasha Gonzalez earned her second straight singles, and 17th overall with a three-set win in sixth singles to seal the match.
  • Junior Erica Oosterhout picked up her 17th win of the season with a first singles victory to put her in a tie for the team lead.
  • Sophomore Jenna Friedel pulled out a three-set win in second singles (6-2, 1-6, 6-2).

What's Next
Harvard travels to New Haven, Conn. on Sunday April 8 against Yale at 1 p.m.