Women's Tennis' Doubles Tandem Ringblom, Li Impress at ITA Regionals

Women's Tennis' Doubles Tandem Ringblom, Li Impress at ITA Regionals

PHILADELPHIA – Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li highlight the Harvard women's tennis team at the ITA Regionals, hosted by Penn on Oct. 18 through Oct. 23.

The Crimson pair advanced to the semifinals defeating two pairs of Ivy League foes. Ringblom and Li, first, knocked off Yale's Mimi Levine and Amy Yang, 8-4, before edging out Columbia's Jennifer Kerr and Ali Pollack, 8-5. Ringblom and Li made quick work of Fordham's Carina Ma and Estelle Wang, 8-3, to move on to the quarterfinals. 

In the quarterfinals, Ringblom and Li defeated St. John's Zofia Staniszz and Jaida Collins, 8-4, to advance to the semifinals. The Harvard duo fell to Dartmouth in the semifinals, 6-2, 1-6, 6-10.

In her opening singles match, sophomore Irene Lu defeated Jean-na Koo of St Francis (N.Y.) in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, before knocking off a Columbia's Ali Pollack, 6-1, 6-4 to move onto the quarterfinals. Against Syracuse's Miranda Ramirez, Lu came back from an 0-1 hole with a 6-1 win in the second set, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling, 6-4, in the third set.

Ringblom and sophomore Jenna Friedel both advanced to the second round, but were not able to move forward, despite, each, taking her second-round opponent to three sets. Ringblom defeated Colgate's Lauren Hyland in her first match, 6-2, 6-2, but was fell short dropping her second match to Dartmouth's Racquel Lyn in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7.  

Friedel defeated FDU's Tatiana Efteniou, 6-2, 6-2 before advancing to face host, Penn's Jimena Rodriguez-Benito. Against Rodriguez-Benito, Friedel was unable to complete the comeback falling, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.

Harvard Hightlights:

  • Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li advanced to the semifinals with an 8-4 win in the round of eight.
  • Sophomore Irene Lu advanced to the quarterfinals singles with a two-set, 6-1, 6-4, win over Columbia in the second round.
  • Ringblom and Friedel both advanced to the singles second round.

What's Next
Harvard closes out the fall season with the Harvard Invitational on Nov. 3 through Nov. 5.