PRINCETON, N.J. – In its first match at the ECAC Championships, the Harvard women's tennis team (3-4, 0-0 Ivy) fell to, host, Princeton (4-0, 0-0 Ivy), 4-0, on Friday morning.
Princeton started strong earning the doubles point, claiming victories in first and third doubles. However, the Crimson doubles tandem of junior Erica Oosterhout and Natasha Gonzalez played well against Clare McKee and Katrine Steffinson. Oosterhout and Gonzalez were leading the Tigers' duo, 5-4, in second doubles when the winning team of the doubles competition was determined.
The Tigers carried their momentum into singles. Princeton's Stephanie Schrage began with a two-set, 6-0, 6-0, victory over sophomore Irene Lu second singles, before Tiffany Chen pulled out the 6-2, 6-1 win over freshman Anna Li in sixth singles. Gaby Pollner sealed the win for the Tigers following a two-set, 6-4, 6-1, win over freshman Neha Gupta in fifth singles.
Despite dropping the first set of fourth singles, 6-3, Gonzalez rebounded, blanking McKee in the second set, 6-0, and was held a 4-0 lead in the third set before the overall match was decided. Senior Annika Ringblom also was solid in third singles against Nicole Kalhoun, winning the first set, 6-3, while leading in the second set, 5-3.
- Doubles tandem, junior Erica Oosterhout and sophomore Natasha Gonzalez was leading Clare McKee and Katrine Steffinson in second doubles, 5-4.
- Gonzalez was leading 4-0 in the third set of a tied fourth singles match against McKee.
- Senior Annika Ringblom won the first set of third singles, 6-3, while leading 5-3 in the second set.
Harvard returns to the courts tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. against the loser of the Penn and Brown match.