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Big Green Sweep Doubles on Day One of Ivy Challenge

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By Mark Washburn
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth women’s tennis team had a strong showing on day one of the Ivy Challenge hosted by Yale on Friday, picking up nine wins in 12 matches. The Big Green went 5-3 in singles play and a perfect 4-0 in doubles.

In doubles, the Green and White faced three duos from Iowa and one from Brown. Sarah Bessen and Narni Summerall had the most decisive victory, topping the Ivy League tandem of Coco Hsu and Victoria Traynor, 8-1. For Dartmouth, Taylor Ng/Katherine Yau and Jacqueline Crawford/Suzy Tan each scored 8-4 triumphs over pairs from Iowa. Julienne Keong Si Ying and captain Melissa Matsuoka netted the other win, topping Caitlin Hindmarsh and Ellen Silver 8-7(5).

In singles, Yau, Ng, Bessen and Keong each scored straight set wins while Crawford won her match after Penn State’s Chelsea Uting retired.

Dartmouth returns to the courts tomorrow, Oct. 5, facing Purdue in doubles at 1 p.m. and Iowa in singles at 2 p.m.

Doubles vs. Iowa and Brown
Taylor Ng/Katherine Yau defeated Shelby Talcott/Katie Zordani (Iowa), 8-4
Melissa Matsuoka/Julienne Keong defeated Caitlin Hindmarsh/Ellen Silver (Iowa), 8-7 (5)
Jacqueline Crawford/Suzy Tan defeated Aimee Tarun/Annette Dohanics (Iowa), 8-4
Sarah Bessen/Narni Summerall defeated Coco Hsu/Victoria Traynor (Brown), 8-1

Singles vs. Penn State and Penn
Katherine Yau defeated Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Jacqueline Crawford defeated Chelsea Uting (PSU), 6-4, 1-0 Ret.
Melissa Matsuoka lost to Sam Tutelman (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
Suzy Tan lost to Marie Bedard (PSU), 6-2, 6-2
Julienne Keong defeated Carmen Sandor (PSU), 6-1, 6-3
Sarah Bessen defeated Katherine Whiteaway  (PSU), 6-4, 6-0
Taylor Ng defeated Luba Vazhenina (Penn), 6-0, 6-0
Narni Summerall lost to  Alex Ion (Penn), 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3