Tribe Tallies Thrilling 4-3 win at Harvard
Cambridge, Mass. - The William and Mary women's tennis team wrapped up a Boston sweep with a thrilling 4-3 win over No. 68 Harvard on Saturday afternoon at the Murr Center. One day after cruising past No. 67 Boston University, freshman Jeltje Loomans clinched the Green and Gold victory with a come-from-behind three-set win at the No. 2 singles position. The Tribe improved to 6-4 on the year with the victory, while Harvard fell to 3-6.
W&M jumped out to the early lead thanks to doubles wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Playing together for the first time this season, sophomore Marlen Mesgarzadeh and junior Katie Kargl rolled to an 8-2 victory over Natalie Blosser and Holly Cao at the No. 2 post. Mesgarzadeh and Kargl improved to 5-2 as a team over the last two seasons. Senior Lauren Sabacinski and freshman Jeltje Loomans, who were also playing together for the first time in 2011, won at the No. 3 slot, 8-3, over Samantha Rosekrans and Hannah Morrill.
In singles action, Kargl and freshman Marivick Mamiit recorded straight-set wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, respectively, to pull W&M within a singles victory of the team triumph. Kargl upped her dual-match ledger to 8-2 with her 12th victory of the season in downing Blosser, 6-2, 6-3. Mamiit won for the sixth time on the year and evened her dual-match ledger at 4-4 with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory over Alexandra Lehman.
Loomans won for the second time in as many days to capped the W&M victory as the Green and Gold knocked off a higher ranked opponent for the second straight day. Playing at the No. 2 singles position for the first time in her career, Loomans found herself in an early hole as Hideko Tachibana took the opening set, 6-4. The Tribe rookie rallied to push the match to a decisive third set with a 7-5 win in the second. Loomans gave W&M its fourth 4-3 victory of the season with a 6-4 triumph in the final set. It marked her fourth singles win of the year.
The Tribe returns home for a pair of matches, March 4-5. The Green and Gold welcomes #38 Princeton to Williamsburg on Friday, March 4, at noon, before facing instate rival and No. 9-ranked Virginia on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m.
#75 William and Mary 4, #68 Harvard 3
No. 1 - #47 Holly Cao(Harvard) def. Hope Johnson(W&M) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 - Jeltje Loomans(W&M) def. Hideko Tachibana(Harvard) - 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 - Kristin Norton(Harvard) def. Anik Cepeda(W&M) - 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Katie Kargl(W&M) def. Natalie Blosser(Harvard) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 - Samantha Gridley(Harvard) def. Lauren Sabacinski(W&M) - 3-6, 6-3, 1-0, retire
No. 6 - Marivick Mamiit(W&M) def. Alexandra Lehman(Harvard) - 6-4, 7-6(2)
No. 1 - Norton/Tachibana(Harvard) def. #64 Johnson/Cepeda(W&M) - 8-2
No. 2 - Mesgarzdeh/Kargl(W&M) def. Blosser/Cao(Harvard) - 8-2
No. 3- Sabacinski/Loomans(W&M) def. Morrill/Rosekrans(Harvard) - 8-3