Katrine Steffensen had the clinching win Friday against Yale.
Katrine Steffensen battled back from a first-set loss and won the last match on court to pick up the fourth point for the Princeton women’s tennis team and deliver a 4-3 victory for the Tigers as the race for the Ivy League title continues.
The three-time defending league champion Tigers are now alone in second place in the Ivy at 3-1, one match behind next Saturday’s opponent, Harvard. This Saturday at 2 p.m. back at the Lenz Tennis Center, Princeton will host Brown, which fell Friday to Penn, 5-2, to move to 2-2 in the Ivy.
Princeton opened the afternoon with a doubles-point win, with Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn, ranked 87th nationally, picking up a 6-1 win at first and Gaby Pollner and Sivan Krems sealing the point with a 6-3 win at second.
Kalhorn won the first singles match to wrap, taking court four in straight sets, and Pollner followed with another straight-set win at sixth to put Princeton just a point away from the win. But the fourth point didn’t come easily. Yale pulled even with a straight-set win at second before recovering from first-set losses at fifth and third singles to tie the match at 3-3.
Steffensen, who lost her first set 6-2, won the last two frames 6-2 and 6-4 to clinch it and keep the Tigers on pace in the league.
Saturday’s match is free admission and the team will have live updates on Twitter at @PrincetonTennis.
|Katrine Steffensen (Princeton) def. Carol Finke (Yale)||2-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|Amy Yang (Yale) def. Tiffany Chen (Princeton)||6-2, 6-1|
|Valerie Shklover (Yale) def. Caroline Joyce (Princeton)||1-6, 7-5, 6-2|
|Nicole Kalhorn (Princeton) def. Tina Jiang (Yale)||6-1, 6-2|
|Elizabeth Zordani (Yale) def. Clare McKee (Princeton)||2-6, 6-2, 6-3|
|Gaby Pollner (Princeton) def. Caroline Lynch (Yale)||6-2, 6-1|
|(87) Joyce/Kalhorn (Princeton) def. Jiang/Zordani (Yale)||6-1|
|Sivan Krems/Pollner (Princeton) def. Finke/Shklover (Yale)||6-3|
|McKee/Steffensen (Princeton) vs. Lynch/Yang (Yale)||5-3 P DNF|
Order of finish: Doubles: 1, 2; Singles: 4, 6, 2, 5, 3, 1