Women's Tennis Tests Three-Match Win Streak in Orlando, Fla.
Hideko Tachibana has helpled the Crimson to a 4-3 start during the dual portion of the 2011-12 season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –The Harvard women's tennis team will take its three-match winning streak to Orlando, Fla., this weekend for matches against Iowa and Central Florida. The Crimson will take on the Hawkeyes March 17 before meeting the Golden Knights March 18 as part of its spring break trip.
The Crimson (4-3) has won three straight after victories over Boston University, Furman and St. John's at the Murr Center. Harvard rounded out its five-match home stand with a 3-2 record and is back over .500 for the first time since being 1-0 after winning its opener against UMass. The Crimson is led on the singles side by Camille Jania, who sits at 5-0 in 2012, and the doubles tandem of Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana. Harvard's top doubles pair is off to a 5-2 start in dual matches and is 12-4 overall this season.
In the Rankings
Norton and Tachibana are ranked No. 33 among doubles teams according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released March 13. The juniors are 12-4 in 2011-12, including a 5-2 mark during dual matches. Norton and Tachibana have played at No. 1 doubles in each of Harvard's first seven matches.
No. 73 Iowa
Iowa (5-5), which has played ranked opponents during four straight matches, is on a two-match skid since beating No. 38 DePaul, 5-2, March 4. Senior Sonja Molnar leads the Hawkeyes with a 7-3 record in individual dual match contests. Molnar, a unanimous first team all-Big Ten selection last year, started the 2011-12 season ranked No. 65 in the ITA singles poll.
The Golden Knights (4-8) have played a challenging schedule as of late with two of its last three matches coming against top ten opponents. UCF was swept by No. 10 Tennessee and No. 3 Duke and beat Michigan State, 5-2, over its last three matchups. Senior Taylor Dubins leads Central Florida with an 11-9 mark in singles play, while pairing with classmate Andrea Yacaman for a team-best 10-8 record in doubles action.
Harvard travels to the state of Virginia to visit William & Mary March 24 and Old Dominion March 25 to conclude the non-conference schedule. The Crimson hosts Cornell April 6 to open its Ivy League schedule.