Women’s Tennis Starts Fall Season Strong

Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– Harvard women's tennis kicked off its season with a three-day tournament at Columbia and a two-day tournament at Dartmouth. 

Columbia Invitational – New York, N.Y.
At the Columbia Invitational, the Crimson performed strong, earning five singles victories, while also claiming four doubles wins. Junior Lexi Milunovich earned two victories in singles play, earning a bid to the championship of her draw. In a three-set match against St. John's Mika Gencova, freshman Chelsea Williams grinded out her first collegiate win in her Crimson debut (6-1, 3-6, 6-3). Rachel Lim ran the table in the consolation bracket of her draw, defeating Hofstra's Michal Kaplan (6-1, 6-2) and Fordham's Ariana Talyenko (6-2, 6-2). 

In doubles play, the duos of Milonovich and sophomore Anna Li , and Lim and freshman Annika Bassey both earned doubles victories on Friday. Williams teamed up with Clemence Krug of LIU-Brooklyn to win two consecutive matches, winning their consolation draw. 

Dartmouth Invitational – Hanover, N.H. 
At the Dartmouth Shootout, the Crimson came out in full force. Harvard swept all six matches on the first day of the tournament, while also not losing a doubles match. Juniors Jenna Friedel and Irene Lu earned doubles victories in both days. Junior Natasha Gonzalez and freshman Rachel Eason also swept the tournament in doubles play.

In singles play, Eason and Gonzalez won in two sets, with Lu and Freidel winning in three sets to sweep the first day. On the second day, Eason earned her second win of the weekend in two sets. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Eason went undefeated on the weekend, earning two victories in singles and two doubles wins against Dartmouth.
  • Rachel Lim won the consolation bracket in her draw with two wins at Columbia.

What's Next
The Crimson will head west for the Oracle ITA Masters on Thursday, Sept. 20 in Malibu, Calif. The tournament will go through Sept. 23.