Holly Cao (pictured) and the Crimson look to stay in the hunt for the Ivy League title with matches against Yale and Brown this weekend (Gil Talbot).
The No. 66 Harvard women’s tennis team hosts No. 36 Yale in a critical Ivy League match Friday at the Beren Tennis Center before heading to Providence, R.I. to take on No. 45 Brown Sunday. The Crimson and Bulldogs are tied with 3-1 records in Ivy play behind Brown and Dartmouth who each holds a 4-0 record and faceoff Friday afternoon.
The Crimson is looking to rebound from its first conference loss to Princeton last Sunday, 4-3. The loss put Harvard in a third-place tie with Yale, with matches remaining against only Brown and Dartmouth, the two Ivy schools ahead of the Crimson in the standings.
Kristin Norton notched her 11th win of the season, downing Taylor Marable of Princeton, 6-2, 7-5. Only Holly Cao, with a 12-1 record in singles play, has more wins that Norton this spring.
Hideko Tachibana is seeking her 10th victory of the season as she holds a 9-4 singles record heading into the match against the Bulldogs. Tachibana and Norton have paired together to earn a 7-4 as the Crimson’s top doubles duo.
Hannah Morrill garnered three victories against Penn and Princeton last weekend, winning both her singles matches and a doubles match with parner Cao.
The No. 36 Bulldogs enter Friday’s match with an overall 18-4 mark and 3-1 in Ancient Eight play.
Yale opened Ivy competition with a 5-2 win over Penn, but fell the following day to Princeton, 5-2. The Bulldogs topped Columbia (6-1) and Cornell (7-0) last weekend.
Victoria Brook paced the Bulldogs against Cornell with a 7-5, 7-6(5) victory in teh No. 1 match. The rest of singles play followed with straight-set wins in Yales favor. The Bulldogs also picked up two of three in doubles play to sweep the Big Red.
The Bears enter the weekend with a 15-6 overall record and sit atop the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 record, tied with Friday opponent Dartmouth.
Brown is on a five-match win streak dating back to a close 4-3 victory over Old Dominion March 29.
Cassandra Herzberg, Jessica Harrow, Ariel Caldwell and Julie Flanzer each picked up two singles wins last weekend to propel the Bears past Columbia and Cornell.
The Crimson holds the all-time series lead over the Bulldogs, 25-16. The teams split a pair of matches last season with Yale taking a 6-1 decision in February and Harvard securing a 4-3 win in April.
Harvard holds a 31-6 all-time advantage over the Bears, winning last season's match, 5-2.