Women's Tennis Closes Weekend with Second Home Win

Camille Jania added to her team lead in singles and doubles wins since the New Year with two wins over Furman Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team won its second match of the weekend, cruising past Furman, 5-2, at the Murr Center Saturday afternoon.

Harvard jumped to a 3-0 lead after taking the doubles point with two victories and singles wins from Kristin Norton at No. 1 and Hideko Tachibana at No. 3. Norton swept Lauren Kline, 6-1, 6-2, and Tachibana defeated Katherine Ouudin, 6-0, 6-2.

In doubles, Harvard's top pair and No. 23-ranked Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton fell, but tandems at No. 2 and No. 3 picked up the Crimson. Hannah Morrill and Kelly Whelan doubled up Michele Stanford and Margaret Boyette, 8-4, and Samantha Gridley and Camille Jania coasted past Oudin and Amanda Murray, 8-3. Jania and Gridley (5-1) now lead the Crimson with five doubles victories during the doubles season.

Other than Norton and Tachibana, Jania was also a winner in a top three singles position. The junior took down Stanford, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 2 for her team-high fifth singles win since the New Year.

Hannah Morrill flipped Jania's winning tally, 7-5, 6-3, to take down Susan Bitetti in the No. 6 singles position.

After the match, the Crimson took time to give back to the local community by hosting a clinic for youth from the Tenacity tennis group. Tenacity is a local tennis and education program serving Boston's urban youth.

Harvard continues its non-conference schedule by hosting St. John's March 10 at the Murr Center. The match is slated for a noon start.

Doubles (2-1 Harvard)
1. Kline/Moreno (F) defeated Tachibana/Norton (H) 8-4
2. Morrill/Whelan(H) defeated Stanford/Boyette 8-4
3. Gridley/Jania (H) defeated Oudin/Murray 8-3

Singles (4-2 Harvard)
1. Norton (H) defeated Kline (F) 6-1, 6-2
2. Jania (H) defeated Stanford (F) 6-3, 7-5
3. Tachibana (H) defeated Oudin (F) 6-0, 6-2
4. Boyette (F) defeated Gridley (H) 6-3, 7-5
5. Moreno (F) defeated Whelan (H) 6-4, 6-4
6. Morrill (H) defeated Bitetti (F) 7-5, 6-3