Princeton wins the women’s tennis title for the fifth year in a row

PRINCETON, NJ — In what was a dramatic matchup between Princeton and Harvard for the Ivy League women’s tennis title, the Tigers outlasted the Crimson 4-3 to capture their fifth straight championship.

With the victory, the Tigers claim their 18th title in program history and the second for Head Coach Jamea Jackson. With the win, the Tigers improved to 6-1 in Ivy League play and 15-6 overall and earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Princeton earned the doubles point thanks to away victories Maia sung/Bella Chiv And Neha Valaga/Alice Ferlito.

Then the Tigers fell behind in the singles match, 3-1, before recovering. Velaga survived Harvard’s Holly Fischer in a thriller of three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, at number 1 and then Madeleine Jessup turned Harvard’s upside down Max Duncan 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 at number 4.

The match came down to Ferlito and Harvard Kate Hem at No. 5 in another three-setter, with Ferlito pulling off the heroic 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory to secure the match for Princeton.