Hideko Tachibana won the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles matches to help Harvard defeat Cornell (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Harvard women's tennis team defeated Cornell, 6-1, Friday morning, to earn a spot in the semifinals of the ECAC Indoor Championships. The Crimson will face the winner of the No. 40 Yale against Columbia match Saturday at 3 p.m.
Harvard took two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point for the first time this spring. Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana paired to defeat Kelly and Shannon Comolli, 8-6, in the No. 1 doubles match, while Samantha Rosekrans and Hannah Morrill doubled up Sinziana Chis and Ruxandra Dumitrescu, 8-4, in the No. 3 match.
The Crimson went on to take five of the six singles matches. No. 47 Cao picked up her fifth victory of the spring (5-0) over Ordway, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 1 singles match. Tachibana handled Young, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 2 match, while Norton recovered to win the last two sets and downed K. Comolli, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Blosser played a tight match against Dumitrescu in the No. 4 spot, but prevailed 7-6, 6-4. Samantha Gridley picked up Harvard sixth point when she captured a straight sets victory over S. Comolli, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 6 match.
Harvard will be seeking a finals birth when it faces the winner of the Yale-Columbia match tomorrow at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon action also features No. 36 Princeton against NJIT and No. 71 Dartmouth facing Brown to determine the other semifinals match.
No. 3 Harvard def. No. 6 Cornell: 6-1
No. 1 Cao, Harvard def. Ordway, Cornell: 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Tachibana, Harvard def. Young, Cornell: 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Norton, Harvard def. , K. Comolli, Cornell: 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 Blosser, Harvard def. Dumitrescu, Cornell: 7-6, 6-4
No. 5 O'Neil, Cornell def. Rosekrans, Harvard: 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 Gridley, Harvard def. S. Comolli Cornell: 6-3, 7-5
No. 1 Norton/Tachibana, Harvard def. S. Comolli/K. Comolli, Cornell: 8-6
No. 2 Ordway/Young, Harvard def. Cao/Blosser, Cornell: 8-3
No. 3 Rosekrans/Morrill, Harvard def. Chis/Dumitrescu, Cornell: 8-4