Women’s Tennis Powers Through Competition at Harvard Invitational

Harvard Women's Tennis huddles before a match at the Harvard Fall Classic
Harvard Women's Tennis huddles before a match at the Harvard Fall Classic (Photo Courtesy of Gil Talbot)


Harvard Women's Tennis continued to shine on the second day of the Harvard Invitational, winning two doubles crowns to highlight the afternoon. The Crimson posted a number of impressive victories in singles action, sending four student-athletes to the final round.

Senior captain Natasha Gonzalez and sophomore Rachel Eason continued their strong play with a victory over teammates Sophia Ho and Rachel Lim in the flight A doulbes finals. Lim/Ho fought until the very last point, eventually falling, 7-6.

First-year Demi Snyder and her partner Mihaela Marculescu dazzled in flight B singles play, posting a 6-2 victory over Dani Blaser and Lily O'Fagan of Boston University in the finals.

Gonzalez carried her strong play to the singles court, defeating Shelly Yaloz of Boston University, 6-1, 6-2, in the semi-finals. Gonzalez will compete against Terrier Erica Di Battista in the flight A finals tomorrow afternoon.

It will be a Crimson vs Crimson showdown in the flight B finals, as Marculescu and Lim both defeated their quarterfinals opponents to advance to the final stage. Marculescu defeated Ashley Huang of Cornell in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1, while Lim was able to come out on top after a superset tiebreak, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

The first-year, Ho, was victorious in her singles matchup against Katya Martens of BU. Ho took down her terrier foe in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the finals of flight C. Chelsea Williams battled with Steph Nguyen of BU for three sets, eventually dropping the match in a superset tiebreak. First-year Lauryn Wu gave Cornell's Sarah Campbell all she could handle, but fell in a close match.

Gonazlez/Eason def. Ho/Lim – 7-6
Snyder/Marculescu def. Blaser/O'Fagan (BU) – 6-2

Natasha Gonzalez def. Shelly Yaloz (BU) – 6-1, 6-2
Mihaela Marculescu def. Ashley Huang (Cornell) – 7-6, 6-1
Rachel Lim def. Emily Kim (BU) – 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
Sophia Ho def. Katya Martens (BU) - 6-3, 6-2
Steph Nguyen (BU) def. Chelsea Williams – 6-7, 7-5, 10-4
Sarah Campbell (Cornell) def. Lauryn Wu – 6-1, 6-2