Women’s Tennis Trumps Brown, 4-3, in Dramatic Fashion

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's tennis team (16-6, 4-1 Ivy) came-from-behind to defeat Brown (10-11, 2-3 Ivy), 4-3, Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island.

Both the pairings of senior Erica Oosterhout and junior Natasha Gonzalez, as well as first-year Anna Li and senior Isabel Jasper, were just edged in doubles play, both dropping 6-4 decisions.

Despite getting down early, the team showed strong fight in singles play. Oosterhout led the way as the team's top singles player, defeating Devon Jack, 7-6, 6-2. Junior Jenna Friedel continued her hot play with a commanding 6-1, 6-1 victory against Taylor Cosme. 

Gonzalez added another win, taking down Courtney Kowalsky, 6-3, 6-2. Though, it was junior Irene Lu who secured the clinching point. Lu began with a first-set 6-3 victory, but got dropped the second-set, 1-6. The junior battled through the third set, coming out on top, 7-6, clinching the crucial match for Harvard.

Harvard Highlights:

  • The Crimson continues its strong tennis, moving to 4-1 in Ivy League play, which is second in the league.
  • Friedel extends her already impressive winning streak, capturing her 11th straight singles decision to improve to 14-1 in the spring.
  • Lu has begun to play her best tennis of the season, earning her sixth-consecutive victory.
  • Harvard has won eight of its last nine matches, dating back to the March 19 win against Southern.

Up Next:
The Crimson prepare for the final weekend of the regular season, hitting the road to take on Cornell and Columbia, beginning on April 20 at noon against the Big Red.

S1: Erica Oosterhout def. Devon Jack 7-6, 6-2
S2: Jenna Friedel def. Taylor Cosme 6-1, 6-1
S3: Sophia Reddy def. Rachel Lim 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
S4: Natasha Gonzalez def. Courtney Kowalsky 6-3, 6-2
S5: Katie Ta def. Rachel Eason 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
S6: Irene Lu def. Ryan Peus 6-3, 1-6, 7-6
D1: Courtney Kowalsky / Devon Jack def. Erica Oosterhout / Natasha Gonzalez 6-4
D2: Jenna Friedel / Rachel Lim vs. Alessandra Bianco / Juliana Simon Unfinished 4-5
D3: Julia Newman / Ryan Peus def. Anna Li / Isabel Jasper 6-4