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Women's Tennis Falls to Harvard, 4-1

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: March 25, 2012
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March 25, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. - Diana Ivanova and Aleksandra Mitrovska knocked off the No. 33 ranked doubles team of Harvard but it would not be enough as Old Dominion fell to Harvard 4-1 Sunday afternoon. ODU lost to Columbia 4-0 on Saturday.

The Lady Monarchs came out strong Sunday as Mitrovska and Ivanova dominated Hiedko Tachibana and Kristin Norton 8-1 to win No. 1 doubles. ODU clinched the doubles point when Melissa Esnal Olguin and Juliana Pires defeated Kelly Whelan and Hannah Morrill in a thrilling 9-8 (8-6) victory at No. 2 doubles.

Harvard took control in singles winning the first three spots while Whelan clinched the win at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-1 win.

At No. 4 singles, Pires dropped the first set to Natalie Blosser 6-3, but won the second set 6-3 and was up 5-2 in the third set when the match was stopped.

Number five singles was also a tight match as Sam Gridley won a hard fought first set 7-6 over Nika Khmolovska when the match was stopped.

Harvard 4 ODU 1
1. Ivanova/Mitrovska (ODU) over No. 33 Tachibana/Norton (HU) 8-1
2. Esnal Olguin/Pires (ODU) over Morrill/Whelan (HU) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Gridley/Jania (HU) over Khmolovska/Atiso (ODU) 8-3

1. Hideko Tachibana (HU) over Diana Ivanova (ODU) 7-6, 6-2
2. Kristin Norton (HU) over Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Camille Jania (HU) over Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Juliana Pires (ODU) vs. Natalie Blosser (HU) 3-6, 6-3, 5-2 DNF
5. Nika Khmolovska (ODU) vs. Sam Gridley (HU) 6-7 DNF
6. Kelly Whelan (HU) over Faith Atiso (ODU) 6-4, 6-1

1, 3, 2
2, 3, 1, 6

Columbia 4 ODU 0
1. Nicole Bartnik (CU) vs. Diana Ivanova (ODU) 4-6, 6-1, 3-1 DNF
2. Bianca Sanon (CU) over Aleksandra Mitrovska (ODU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Iani Alecsiu (CU) over Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Katarina Kovacevic (CU) over Nika Khmolovska (ODU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Tiana Takenaga (CU) vs. Juliana Pires (ODU) 6-4, 5-5 DNF
6. Chelsea Davis (CU) over Faith Atiso (ODU) 6-1, 6-0
Did Not Play due to Columbia having to leave for their flight


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