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Women Fall to #27 Houston, 4-3, at the Boss Tennis Center

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By Eli Burak
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HANOVER, N.H.  –The Dartmouth women’s tennis team got singles wins from Katherine Yau and Akiko Okuda and won the doubles point, but was ultimately edged 4-3 by the #27 University of Houston in four-hour-plus thriller at the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion on Friday night. With the loss, the Big Green moves to 4-6 while Houston 15-3.

The Big Green got off to a great start, winning the doubles in dramatic fashion. Dartmouth got a quick 8-2 win at #1 from Yau and Taylor Ng, while Julienne Keong Si Ying and Suzy Tan fell 8-5 at #3. The point came down to Okuda and captain Melissa Matsuoka, who saved two match points at 6-7 to take the match to a tiebreak. Okuda/Matsuoka then prevailed 7-5 in the tiebreak to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead going into singles. Here is a short video clip of Akiko and Melissa’s match point, in which Akiko makes a fantastic reflex volley to win the match:

In singles, the Big Green went up 2-0 after Okuda won her match in straight sets at #5. Houston then took the next three matches with wins at #3, #4, and #6. With Dartmouth trailing 3-2, the two remaining matches went into the third sets. The Big Green fell just short at #2, where Ng dropped a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 battle to Elena Kordolaimi. In the final match of the evening, Yau won 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) against Despoina Vogasari

“It was a great college match, with exceptionally high quality tennis,” says head coach Bob Dallis. “The team fought hard until the end and gave Houston all they could handle. And it was great to see Jacqueline Crawford back on the court playing singles.”

We want to thank all of our fans and friends who packed the Boss Tennis Center and cheered so loudly last night. We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, April 4, when we open the Ivy League season against Cornell on at 2 p.m. The Big Green then play the defending Ivy League champions, #33 Columbia University, on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. 

No. 1 – Taylor Ng/Katherine Yau def. Vogasari/Kordolaim – 8-2
No. 2 – Melissa Matsuoka/Akiko Okuda def. Rupert/Cardenas - 8-7 (5)
No. 3 – Phillips/Rocio Martin Fernandez def. Julienne Keong Si Ying/Suzy Tan - 8-5

No. 1 – Katherine Yau def. #92 Vogasari - 6-4,4-6,7-6(3)
No. 2 – Elena Kordolaimi def. Taylor Ng - 0-6,6-3,6-3
No. 3 – Maria Andrea Cardenas def. Jacqueline Crawford - 6-3,6-2
No. 4 – Tina Rupert def. Melissa Matsuoka - 6-3,6-3
No. 5 – Akiko Okuda defeated Celia Fraser - 6-4,6-1
No. 6 – Charlotte Phillips def. Sarah Bessen - 6-3,6-3