Friedel Impresses at ITA Regionals

Friedel Impresses at ITA Regionals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis junior Jenna Friedel advanced to the singles semifinals of the ITA Regionals in New Haven, Connecticut. It marked the second straight year, a member of the Crimson advanced to the round of four. 

Friedel played strong, earning four singles win after a first-round bye. She opened with a three-set, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, victory against Columbia's Christie Wanin, before defeating Yale's Caroline Dunleavy in tough sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.  In her final match of the tournament, she dropped a tough battle against Princeton's Stephanie Schrage, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. 

All four singles participants, Friedel, Irene Lu, Natasha Gonzalez, and Rachel Lim picked up wins at regionals. 

Lu earned three victories over the weekend, including a two-set win in the first-round over Brown's Sophia Reddy.  Lim picked up a pair of solid wins against Brown's Taylor Cosme, and Penn's Marta Kowalska, while Gonzalez earned a two-set in against Fairfield's Diana Prinos.

In doubles action, the tandem of Gonzalez and sophomore Anna Li advanced to the second round with a commanding, 8-1 win over LIU Brooklyn's Malin Leyson and Jennifer Gogova. However, Gonzalez and Li fell to Brown's Courtney Kowalsky and Devon Jack in round two, 8-5. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Jenna Friedel's appearance in the semifinals marked the second straight year Crimson players advanced to the semifinals of ITA regionals. Anna Li and Annika Ringblom reached the doubles semifinals last year. 
  • Junior Irene Lu picked up three victories, including a first-round, two-set, 6-2, 6-4, victory over Brown's Sophia Reddy.  
  • Junior Natasha Gonzalez defeated Fairfield's Diana Prinos in the opening round, 6-3, 6-3.

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