No. 55 Women's Tennis Readies for Season-Finale Showdown with No. 56 Dartmouth
The No. 55 Harvard women's tennis team hosts No. 56 Dartmouth Saturday with Ivy League title implications on the line. The Crimson sits one match back from the Big Green and Yale in the Ivy standings heading into the final match of the season. A Harvard win, paired with a Brown win over the Bulldogs, would create a five-way tie atop the Ivy standings at season's end.
Co-captain Samantha Rosekrans is the lone senior on this season's squad. Rosekrans has eclipsed the 50-win mark in both singles and doubles play in her four years in Cambridge.
In 21 Ivy League singles matches, Rosekrans has come away with victories in 16 of them. She set a personal record with 18 overall singles wins as a junior, 13 of which came in dual matches.
In doubles play, Rosekrans amassed 55 victories, including 13 as a sophomore and again this season. She broke the 20-win mark as a junior, collecting 21 doubles wins for the Crimson.
Rosekrans has earned All-Ivy honors each of her previous three-seasons with the Crimson.
As a freshman she earned second-team honors in singles and honorable mention in doubles. As a sophomore, she was honored as honorable mention in both singles and doubles, while being named to the first-team in doubles as a junior.
The Crimson split a pair of matches last weekend to remain in the hunt for a share of the Ancient Eight title. No. 34 Yale downed Harvard, 6-1, but the Crimson rebound with a 4-3 victory over No. 50 Brown.
No. 79 Holly Cao enters the match against the Big Green with a 14-1 record as Harvard's top singles player. Hideko Tachibana (10-6) and Kristin Norton (11-6) have also reached the double-digit win plateua at the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively.
The No. 50 Big Green, who began Ivy play with five straight victories before being knocked off by Yale, enter Saturday's contest with a 13-8, 5-1 Ivy record. Four of Dartmouth's Ivy wins have come in close matches decided by a single team point (4-3).
Dartmouth used singles victories by Georgiana Smyser, Melissa Matsuoka, Sarah Leonard and Christina Danosi to topple Brown April 15, before falling to Yale April 17.