March 31, 2011

No. 54 Women's Tennis Opens Ivy League Play at Cornell, Columbia This Weekend

Hideko Tachibana (pictured) and the Crimson travel to Cornell and Columbia this weekend (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The No. 54 Harvard women’s tennis team will open Ivy League play this weekend as it first visits Cornell Friday afternoon, followed by a match at Columbia Saturday. It will be the second meeting this spring for the Crimson and the Big Red as the two teams met in the opening round of the ECAC Indoor Championship. Harvard won that match, 6-1. It will be the first meeting of the season between the Crimson and the Lions.

About Harvard
Weather has wreaked havoc on the Crimson’s schedule throughout March as Harvard has only been able to play one match since Feb. 27. The Crimson took down San Francisco, 6-1, at the Golden Gate Park March 17.

As a team, Harvard sits at 5-6 this season heading into Ancient Eight play. Holly Cao holds an undefeated 9-0 record as the top singles player for the Crimson this spring. Kristin Norton is 7-4 in singles matches, while Hideko Tachibana is 6-4.

Norton and Tachibana, as a duo, have played to a 4-3 record in doubles to lead the Crimson. Cao has paired with both Natalie Blosser and Hannah Morrill this season, grabbing two wins with each.

About Cornell
The Big Red stands at 8-5 in 2011. The match against the Crimson kicks off a three-match homestand for Cornell following three straight road matches. The Big Red faced off against College of Charleston, Presbyterian and North Carolina-Wilmington March 22-24, going 1-2 with a win of Presbyterian.

Ryann Young picked up two wins over that three-match span as Cornell’s No. 2. Young won matches over opponents from UNCW and Presbyterian.

About Columbia
The Lions are 9-6 this season, going 2-3 in the month of March. Columbia swept Colorado State and Long Island, but fell to Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge.

Nicole Bartnik leads the Lions with a 9-2 singles record in the No. 1 spot. Tiana Takenaga is 7-1 in singles, having played matches in the Nos. 3-6 spots.

Looking Ahead
The Ivy slate continues April 9-10 as Penn and Princeton travel to Cambridge to take on the Crimson.