NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team dropped a tough match to Ivy League opponent Harvard Saturday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, as the Crimson came out on top with a 6-1 win. Columbia’s lone point came from a singles win by first-year Ioana Alecsiu.
Harvard swept the doubles point, with three wins. First-year Tiana Takenaga and Bianca Sanon were the first to fall, as they lost in the No.2 doubles spot, 8-1. Alecsiu and sophomore Katarina Kovacevic lost at No.3, 8-4, while sophomore Nicole Bartnik and senior Natasha Makarova also lost, 8-4 at No.1.
Bartnik was the first to fall in singles, as she lost to Holly Cao, who is currently ranked No.97 in the nation, 6-1, 6-4. Kovacevic lost a tough match at No.3. After leading for most of the first set, the sophomore dropped the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-5, and went on to lose the second set as well, giving Harvard’s Kristin Norton the win, 7-5(5), 6-3.
The Crimson clinched the team win when Hannah Morrill beat Takenaga in the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 7-5. Up 4-0, Harvard guaranteed the team win. The Crimson also got wins at No.2, as first-year Sanon fell to Hideko Tachibano, 6-4, 6-4, and then at No. 4, where Makarova lost to Natalie Blosser, 7-2, 7-6(5).
Columbia’s lone win came at No.5 singles, where first-year Ioana Alecsiu had a battle on her hands with Harvard’s Samantha Gridley. The longest match of the day, Alecsiu pulled out the win despite cramping, 7-5, 6-1.
With the loss, the Lions are now 9-8 overall and 0-2 in Ivy League play. Up next for Columbia is a huge rematch with Ivy League foe Cornell, in Ithaca, Wednesday, April 6 at 2 p.m.
Harvard 6, Columbia 1
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Holly Cao (HAR) def. Nicole Bartnik (COL) 6-1, 6-4
2. Hideko Tachibana (HAR) def. Bianca Sanon (COL) 6-4, 6-4
3. Kristin Norton (HAR) def. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) 7-6 (5), 6-3
4. Natalie Blosser (HAR) def. Natasha Makarova (COL) 6-2, 7-6(5)
5. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) def. Samantha Gridley (HAR) 7-5, 6-1
6. Hannah Morrill (HAR) def. Tiana Takenaga (COL) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 6*, 2, 4, 5