SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Harvard women's tennis team faced its toughest test of the season, falling at No. 19 Syracuse, 6-1, on Sunday.
The Orange set the tone early, defeating Harvard in two doubles matches to earn the doubles point. The pairing of first-year's Rachel Lim and Chelsea Williams were playing well, up 5-1 against Maria Tritou and Sofya Golubovskaya before the point was clinched. In singles play, junior Natasha Gonzalez earned a three-set victory against Tritou, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9, to give Harvard its only point.
- The Crimson still own a winning all-time record against Syracuse, 12-4.
- Gonzalez continues to put up strong numbers this season, sporting a 8-1 singles record in the spring.
- The pairing of Williams and Lim have played strong tennis together this season, earning a 3-0 record in tournament play together.
The Crimson returns to the Murr Center Courts for the first time since Feb. 3 when the team takes on Boston University and Southern New Hampshire in a doubleheader on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN3.
1. #48 Gabriela Knutson (SU) def. #75 Erica Oosterhout (HARV) 6-4, 6-4
2. #67 Miranda Ramirez (SU) def. Rachel Lim (HARV) 6-1, 6-4
3. Natasha Gonzalez (HARV) def. Maria Tritou (SU) 6-4, 2-6, 11-9
4. Guzal Yusupova (SU) def. Irene Lu (HARV) 6-4, 6-0
5. Dina Hegab (SU) def. Chelsea WIlliams (HARV) 6-2, 6-3
6. Libi Mesh (SU) def. Anna Li (HARV) 6-2, 6-1