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#67 Harvard Pushes Past Furman, 5-2

#67 Harvard Pushes Past Furman, 5-2

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The Harvard women's tennis team, ranked 67th nationally, put together two doubles wins and four singles victories to push past Furman, 5-2, Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass. 

The Furman doubles duo of junior Lauren Kline and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste knocked off 23rd-ranked Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton in the top doubles match, before the Crimson rebounded with victories in the bottom two matches to take the doubles point.  Hannah Morrill and Kelly Whelan combined for an 8-4 win over junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Margaret Boyette at number two, while Samantha Gridley and Camille Jania posted an 8-3 victory over sophomores Amanda Murray and Katherine Oudin in the third spot.

In singles action, Tachibana defeated Oudin, 6-0, 6-2, at number three singles, then Norton beat Kline, 6-1, 6-2, in the top singles match to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.  Boyette put the Paladins on the board with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Gridley at number four singles, then Moreno-Kaste cut the margin to 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Whelan in the fifth singles match-up.

Jania clinched the match for Harvard, posting a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Stanford at number two singles, then Morrill defeated senior Susan Bitetti, 7-5, 6-3, at number six to close out the match.

"We battled well when we were down 3-0," said Furman head coach Debbie Southern following the match.  "I was proud of how well we came out after losing the doubles point.  Our number one doubles team had a great win, which is very encouraging for them.  Hopefully we can turn around quickly and come out firing tomorrow."

Furman (2-5) will play Boston University Sunday at 10 a.m. in Cambridge, Mass.

 

#67 Harvard 5, Furman 2
Feb 25, 2012 at Boston, Mass.

Singles competition

1. Kristin Norton (HAR) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-1, 6-2

2. Camille Jania (HAR) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 6-3, 7-5

3. Hideko Tachibana (HAR) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-0, 6-2

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Samantha Gridley (HAR) 6-3, 7-5

5. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Kelly Whelan (HAR) 6-4, 6-4

6. Hannah Morrill (HAR) def. Susan Bitetti (FUR) 7-5, 6-3

 

Doubles competition

1. Lauren Kline/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. #23 Hideko Tachibana/Kristin Norton (HAR) 8-4

2. Hannah Morrill/Kelly Whelan (HAR) def. Michele Stanford/Margaret Boyette (FUR) 8-4

3. Samantha Gridley/Camille Jania (HAR) def. Amanda Murray/Katherine Oudin (FUR) 8-3

 

Match Notes

Furman 2-6

Harvard 3-4; National ranking #67

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,4,5,2,6)