BATON ROUGE, La. – The Harvard women's tennis team swept Southern University, 7-0, Tuesday afternoon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"We were honored to take part in a very meaningful matchup between two prestigious universities, Harvard University and Southern University," said The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis Traci Green. "This is the second time we have played an HBCU. Last year we competed against Howard University. Our team team competed well from all positions in our first match outdoors and we are looking to keep building from here."
Doubles began with a commanding 6-0 victory for first-year Annika Bassey and sophomore Anna Li against Anya King and Nandi Minyulwa. Junior Jenna Friedel and first-year Rachel Lim helped Harvard capture the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over D'Jeri Raymond and Stephanie Mbaya.
The Crimson continued its success into singles play where senior Erica Oosterhout secured the first point, taking down Toraka Chakanyuka, 6-1, 6-2. Irene Lu followed suit with a commanding 6-0, 6-1 victory against King. Li, meanwhile, clinched the match for Harvard with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Minyulwa.
- The Crimson earned a win in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
- Harvard won all seven of its singles matches in straight-sets fashion.
- Lim continued her strong tennis, going back-to-back matches with a singles and doubles victory.
- The Crimson improved its overall doubles record to 26-8 in dual play.
The squad prepares for its second match of the team's spring break trip, traveling to Tulane on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.