No. 1-Ranked Doubles Team Knocks Off Norton, Tachibana
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana, Harvard's top doubles team, was eliminated from the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championship in the round of 16 Friday. The pair was taken down by Josipa Bek and Keri Wong of Clemson, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation according to the ITA preseason rankings.
The Crimson combo played competitive games with the tournament's No. 1 seed but was eventually eliminated, 8-2, from the tournament.
Eight of the top nine tandems in the nation remained in the round of 16 and Harvard's group was the only one not ranked in the top 33.
Norton and Tachibana advanced to the round of 16 with an upset in the main draw's first round. The unranked Crimson squad defeated No. 12-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather of Florida, 8-4, Thursday. Last season, Embree was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after winning the clinching match in singles play to give Florida the national title.
Harvard's duo, which won the Harvard Fall Invitational earlier this season, will look to continue its impressive fall at the ITA regional in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 21.