Senior co-captain Samantha Rosekrans will help lead the Crimson in her final season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s tennis team has released its spring schedule for 2011, which features the ECAC Championships and 18 head-to-head matches, nine of which the Crimson will serve as host.
The Crimson will open the season at home as it hosts the Terriers of Boston University Jan. 22. Harvard will compete in the National Indoor Qualifying tournament, held at Northwestern, Jan. 29- 30. The host Wildcats, who finished the 2010 season ranked seventh nationally, will be the Crimson’s first opponent. Either Nebraska or Boise State will be the Harvard’s other opponent at the tournament.
The month of February will begin with two homes matches as Boston College and Maryland travel to Cambridge on Feb. 5 and 13, respectively. The ECAC Championships, held in Princeton, N.J. from Feb. 19-21, serve as the only road matches of the month. Harvard hosts William and Mary Feb. 26, and welcomes Purdue to town the next day.
Harvard hits the road for its next six matches, initiated with a trip out west. The Bears of California host the Crimson on March 15. On March17, San Francisco will host Harvard, competing at Golden Gate Park. St. Mary’s (California) will wrap up Harvard’s west coast trip on March 18. The month of March comes to a conclusion with a road trip to Richmond, Va. where Harvard will square off against Virginia Commonwealth on the 27.
April is Ancient Eight month for the Crimson as the team will face off against each of the other seven Ivy League schools. Harvard makes a trip through New York to compete against Cornell (Apr. 1) and Columbia (Apr. 2) before hosting Penn (Apr. 8), Princeton (Apr. 9) and Yale (Apr. 15). The final two regular season matches include a road trip to Brown Apr. 17 and a visit from Dartmouth Apr. 23.
Harvard is coming off a 14-7 (6-1 Ivy) campaign in 2010 that included a trip to the NCAA tournament. Harvard finished the past season ranked No. 44 in the nation and the 2011 campaign will see the Crimson battle six teams that finished last season higher in the national rankings. Consistency and hard work play will be the key for the Crimson to return to the NCAA tournament for the 15th time in school history.