CAMBRIDGE, MA – The 56th-ranked Brown women's tennis team (17-7, 3-3) dropped a 4-3 decision to Harvard on Sunday afternoon in Cambridge. The two teams split the singles matches, with the final decision ultimately coming down to the earlier doubles point. Freshman Nikita Uberoi (Boca Raton, FL) won in both singles and doubles for the Bears, combining with senior Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA) for an 8-3 win at #3 doubles, before earning a 6-3, 6-2 win at #6 singles.
In doubles action, the Bears nearly came away with the early, 1-0, lead after splitting decisions at #3 and #1 doubles with the Crimson. The point would come down to #2 doubles. With Harvard's Gridley & Whelan trailing sophomore Jessica Harrow (La Crescenta, CA) and freshman Laura Wiley (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), 7-6, the Crimson won three straight games to take the match, 9-7, and the early lead.
Harvard would go ahead, 2-0, with a win at #2 singles, before Uberoi got Brown on the board with her victory at #6. The Crimson claimed a win at #5 singles to go up, 3-1, but Brown won the next two matches to tie the score at 3-3. Senior Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) earned a 6-3, 6-2 win at #4 singles before Wiley posted a 6-2, 6-4 win at #3. Harvard posted the final win, at #1, to take the match, 4-3.
Brown closes its 2012 season next Saturday, April 28th, with a 12:00 noon match at Yale, which has already secured the 2012 Ivy Championship.
Harvard 4, #56 Brown 3
#1 – (#78) Norton/Tachibana (H) def. Caldwell/Krasowski (B) 8-2
#2 – Gridley/Whelan (H) def. Harrow/Wiley (B) 9-7
#3 – Aboubakare/Nikita Uberoi (B) def. Blosser/Li (H) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,1,2*
#1 – Hideko Tachibana (H) def. Misia Krasowski (B) 6-0, 6-2
#2 – Kristin Norton (H) def. Jessica Harrow (B) 6-1, 6-4
#3 – Laura Wiley (B) def. Natalie Blosser (H) 6-2, 6-4
#4 – Julie Flanzer (B) def. Samantha Gridley (H) 6-3, 6-2
#5 – Kelly Whelan (H) def. Sarah Kandath (B) 6-2, 6-3
#6 – Nikita Uberoi (B) def. Sylvia Li (H) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,6,5,4,3,1*