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Women's Tennis Travels to Harvard for Two Matches
Updated: Thursday 01/24/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Fresh off an upset of a national top-20 foe, the William and Mary women's tennis team will hit the road for a pair of matches against nationally-ranked competition at the Murr Tennis Center in Cambridge, Mass. The Green and Gold will face No. 71-ranked Harvard at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. The following day, W&M meets Big XII foe and No. 64-ranked Kansas State in a neutral site contest at noon.

The Tribe rallied from a 3-0 deficit in pulling out a 4-3 victory over No. 19-ranked Mississippi on Tuesday. Junior Hope Johnson got W&M on the board with her first dual-match win of the season in straight sets at the No. 4 slot, before freshman Leeza Nemchinov held on for a three-set victory at the No. 3 position, improving to 3-1 in league play. Senior Anik Cepeda trailed 5-3 in the third set at the No. 5 post, before reeling off the final four games to tie the match at three in notching her team-leading 10th win of the season. Junior Jeltje Loomans put the cap on the Tribe upset with a comeback three-set win at the No. 2 slot. The victory was the Tribe's first over a national top-20 foe since the 2009 season as the Green and Gold improved to 3-1 during the dual-match season.

Kansas State will open the season with the Tribe on Saturday. Junior Petra Niedermayerova leads the way for the Wildcats with a national singles ranking of No. 15. The two-time All-Big XII selection is 14-5 this season. She teams with senior Karla Bonacic to comprise the No. 30-ranked doubles team in the country. The pair is 8-4 on the year and coming off a win over the No. 18-ranked team in the country at the Georgia Invitational last weekend. Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Harvard enters the weekend with a 1-0 mark on the season, following a 7-0 victory over Cleveland State at home on Jan. 20. W&M leads the all-time series with the Crimson at 22-7. Last season, Harvard snapped a 19-match losing streak to the Tribe with a 5-2 victory in Williamsburg. The Green and Gold claimed the last meeting between the teams in Cambridge as Jeltje Loomans claimed a three-set, come-from-behind victory at the No. 2 position to clinch a 4-3 Green and Gold victory.

Following the two-match trip to Cambridge, the Tribe returns home to open CAA play against UNCW on Saturday, Feb. 2. The W&M-Seahawk match, which starts a five-out-of-six match stretch at home, is slated for a 5 p.m. start time at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. 

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