Women’s Tennis Starts 2012 Ranked No. 64

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team debuted at No. 64 in the initial Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings of 2012. The Crimson is led in the polls by the doubles pair of Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana, which is ranked No. 25 in the first regular season edition of the doubles poll released Jan. 3.

After an impressive fall season, Harvard's top double pair moved from unranked to No. 25. The duo's fall slate was highlighted with an upset of No. 12 Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather of Florida at the Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Oct. 6. Harvard's combo defeated Embree and Mather, who contributed to Florida's NCAA national championship last season, 8-4.

In fall play, the Crimson combined for a 33-22 individual record and 18-11 mark in doubles play. Seven student-athletes played to records of .500 or better in singles play, led by Sylvia Li (8-3) and Camille Jania (7-3). In doubles, Norton and Tachibana led the way at 7-2, while Samantha Gridley and Li went 4-2 and Jania and Alexandra Lehman finished with a 4-3 record.

Harvard opens its spring slate Jan. 29 at home against Massachusetts, while Ivy League play begins April 6 when Cornell travels to Cambridge.