CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team (8-5) was edged by St. John's (6-3), 4-3, in a tight contest Sunday at the Murr Center Courts.
The Crimson began by capturing the doubles point, behind a strong showing by the first-year pairing of Chelsea Williams and Rachel Lim. The duo defeated Oceane Garibal and Olya Inclan Solis, 7-6(2), at No. 2. Sophomore Anna Li and first-year Annika Bassey, meanwhile, downed Gabriela Tenorio and Delia Arranz, 6-3, at the third position.
Lim led the way for Harvard in singles play, dominating at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-1, against Najah Dawson. The Crimson's third point would come from Li, who won her first set 6-3, before her opponent retired in the second.
- Lim earns victories in both doubles and singles play, contributing to two of Harvard's three points.
- Li's win increases her singles dual record to 4-1 and 10-1 including tournament play.
- Harvard earns the doubles point yet again, earning it in three of its last four matches.
The team will prepare for a busy spring break, where it will play five matches in 11 days, beginning with Southern University on the road on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
St. John's University def. Harvard University, 4-3
S1: Jessica Livianu def. Erica Oosterhout 6-1, 6-2
S2: Rachel Lim def. Najah Dawson 6-2, 6-1
S3: Oceane Garibal def. Rachel Eason 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
S4: Olya Inclan Solis def. Chelsea Williams 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
S5: Delia Arranz def. Irene Lu 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
S6: Anna Li def. Gabriela Tenorio 6-4, 3-4 (retired)