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Freshmen Help Get Season off to a Strong Start

Photo of Samantha Rosekrans courtesy of DSPics.com

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Crimson women’s tennis team had a solid performance at the 17th annual William and Mary Invitational this weekend with three singles champions and a doubles runner up.

Freshman Hideko Tachibana played sophomore Holly Cao in the finals of Flight A, with Tachibana coming out the winner in a three-set match. Cao defeated two of the ranked players in the flight, No. 3 Yevgeniya Stupak of East Tennessee State and No. 1 Michaela Kissel of Marshall before falling 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to her teammate in the final.

In the opening round of Flight B, junior Samantha Rosekrans defeated Kelly Holtzhausen from East Tennessee State before bowing to Richmond’s Helen Cunningham in a close three-set match.

Playing in her first collegiate tournament, freshman Kristin Norton came out as the champion of Flight C. In the finals, she faced Yassmine Aikema from Winthrop, who had defeated the flight’s No. 1 seed in the opening round, and was easily named the champion after picking up a 6-0, 6-1 victory. 

Flight D saw yet another Crimson champion as freshman Sophie Chang defeated Marshall’s Kristina Koprcina in the final. Chang’s toughest match came in the semifinal round when VCU’s Josefin Hjertquist took the first set 3-6. Chang bounced back and took the next two 6-4 and 6-1 to advance to the final. 

On the doubles side, the duo of Cao and freshman Alexandra Lehman finished second in Flight B after falling to Marshall’s Koprcina and Thaddea Lock with a score of 9-8.

“This was a very solid start to our fall season” head coach Traci Green said after Harvard captured championships in three of the five singles flights. “Our players got a chance to shake off some of their summer rust and play a lot of matches. Overall, I was impressed with the way everyone competed this weekend. We will be building in practice for the rest of the fall season from a good place.”

The Crimson return to the courts this weekend as they host the Harvard Fall Classic at the Beren Tennis Center.