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Nine Home Matches Highlight Women’s Tennis Spring Schedule

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s tennis team has released its 2011 spring schedule featuring 18 dual matches. Half of the slate will be played at home, while eight matches will be away and one will be played at a neutral site.

The Crimson will do very little traveling in the first few weeks of the spring season as six of the first seven matches are scheduled for Harvard’s home courts. Three in-state rivals will visit Cambridge, the first being the season-opener against Massachusetts Jan. 29. Boston College visits Feb. 9 and the Crimson hosts Boston University Feb. 24.

The lone early-season contest that Harvard plays away from home is scheduled for Feb. 4 at Maryland. Other February contests include home matches against Syracuse Feb. 12 and Furman Feb. 25. 

After hosting St. Johns Mar. 10, the Crimson hits the road for four consecutive matches. Harvard visits Orlando, Fla. as part of its spring break trip where it faces Iowa Mar. 17 and Central Florida Mar. 18. The Crimson moves north the next weekend for two matches in Virginia. Harvard travels to William and Mary Mar. 24 and Old Dominion Mar. 25.

Harvard plays the entirety of its Ivy League slate in the month of April for the 19th consecutive year. The last time the Crimson played a league match outside of April was May 1, 1992 against Cornell.

Home matches against Cornell April 6 and Columbia April 7 open the Ancient Eight schedule before the Crimson travels for the next three contests. Harvard makes trips to Penn April 14, Princeton April 15 and Yale April 20. A home dual with Brown April 22 precedes the season finale at Dartmouth April 28.

The Crimson is looking to improve on the 2010-11 campaign in which it finished with a 9-9 overall record and 4-3 mark in the Ivy League. Harvard returns two of its top players, Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana, who will serve as co-captains this season. Norton and Tachibana are coming off an impressive fall, which includes a top-16 finish in the ITA All-American doubles main draw against some of the top competition in the country.