CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After dropping its first match of the day to Boston University, 5-4, the Harvard women's tennis team blanked Rhode Island, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon.
Boston University 4, Harvard 3
Harvard (3-3) came out strong with a doubles victory. Freshmen Neha Gupta and Jenna Moustafa edged out the Terriers' Iryna Kostirko and Emily Kim in a tight second doubles match, 7-6, while freshman Anna Li and junior Isabel Jasper won third doubles, 6-2.
Boston University (2-3) answered, winning four of six singles matches. Kostirko defeated senior Annika Ringblom in first singles, 7-6, while Remi Ramos bested sophomore Natasha Gonzalez, 7-6 in second singles. Harvard freshman Anna Li picked up the two-set, 6-1, 6-3, win in fifth singles.
Harvard 7, Rhode Island 0
The Crimson bounced back against Rhode Island (1-3) in the afternoon match. Freshman Lia Kiam earned her first singles win, knocking off Paige Alshon in fifth singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Despite trailing 0-1 in second singles, Gonzalez responded defeating Rachel Smilansky in three sets (4-6, 7-5, 10-3). Earlier in the match, Gonzalez paired with Ringblom to defeat Smilansky and her doubles partner Michaela Codreanu in first doubles, 6-1.
Freshman Neha Gupta grabbed a 6-3, 6-0 win in third singles over Ariel Haber, while Li edged out Halah Davis in fourth singles, 7-6, 6-2.
Harvard prepares for the ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. beginning on Feb. 9.