The Harvard women's tennis team will welcome two incoming freshmen for the 2011-12 season, as the Crimson looks to improve upon a 9-9 overall record last year.
Under the tutelage of head coach Traci Green, Harvard returns eight players from last season's squad which finished 4-3 in the Ivy League. In addition, all three of Harvard's All-Ivy League selections – Holly Cao, Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana – will be back for the upcoming campaign.
"We are pleased to announce the additions of Kelly Whelan and Sylvia Li to our tennis team," coach Green said. "Both of these young women are dedicated and hard workers on and off court; they will add to our depth in singles and doubles, but more importantly they will be great teammates. Kelly is a versatile all court player with a huge wingspan and a lot of weapons. Sylvia is a tenacious heavy ball striker who has advanced rapidly in the junior ranks in a short amount of time. We are excited to have them on campus and look forward to their contribution to the tennis team and the Harvard community at-large."
Sylvia Li/Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista
Four-time letterwinner in tennis at Monta Vista … Captained squad as a senior … Played No. 1 spot for three seasons … Earned Northern California Zone Team Sportsmanship Award … Recipient of Central Coast Section Sportsmanship Award … Was named Monta Vista Outstanding Senior Athlete … Two-time De Anza League singles champion … Helped team win 2007 CCS team championship … Led squad to 2009 Northern California High School Girls' Tennis Classic title … Member of Calfornia Scholarship Federation … Other interests include hiking, listening to music, yoga and hanging out with friends.
Kelly Whelan/Sewickley, Pa./North Allegheny
Member of tennis and cross country teams at North Allegheny … Won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association doubles championship in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2007 … Helped squad capture the 2008 PIAA team championship, the first in school history … Ranked No. 1 in Middle States section in U-18 … Represented the Middle States section at Intersectional Championships in Shreveport, La. … National Honor Society … National Spanish Exam gold medalist … Presidential Academic Excellence Award … Key Club International … Saints John and Paul Catholic Church Music Ministry … North Allegheny Concert Choir member … Sister, Kim Runge, played tennis at Davidson … Mother, Nancy Anderson, was a member of the women's tennis team at Bridgeport … Father, Jim Whelan, played soccer at Bridgeport … Other interests include cross country, hot yoga, horseback riding and soccer.