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Harvard Fall Invitational Wraps Up Autumn Season for Women's Tennis

Kristin Norton won the singles 'A' flight and the doubles 'A' flight at last year's Harvard Fall Classic. 

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The Harvard women's tennis team concludes its fall schedule by hosting the Havard Fall Invitational Friday-Sunday inside the Murr Center. Boston University, Boston College, Long Island and New Jersey Institute of Technology will also compete in the three-day event to wrap up their autumn seasons, as well.

Tournament Draws
This year's tournament will feature five singles draws and two doubles draws, which will be played over three days. Each player will have one singles match and one doubles match each day of the event.

Captains of the Ship
Seniors Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton return as co-captains for their final campaign in Cambridge. Tachibana has gone 4-2 in singles in the fall, while Norton is 2-1. The pair also teamed up and took second in the 'A' doubles flight at the Columbia Invitational before falling in the opening round of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship. Both Tachibana and Norton posted 4-3 marks in Ivy League singles play last season.

Click the video below to hear what Norton, Tachibana and head coach Traci Green have to say about this weekend's tournament. 

Back Again
In addition to the two captains, Harvard brings back three other members from last year's squad that went 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the Ivy League. Hannah Morril and Natalie Blosser both return for their junior seasons, while Sylvia Li is the lone second year on the squad. The coaching staff also returns head coach Traci Green is in her sixth season with the Crimson and her assistants are Pavle Jefferson and Debbie Goldfine.

Fresh Faces
The tennis squad welcomed in a quartet of freshman for the 2012-13 season. Amy He, Hai Li Kong, Amanda Lin and Crystal Yen all joined the squad prior to the start of the fall campaign. Lin won the 'C' flight at the Columbia Invitational, besting teammate Sylvia Li, 6-4, 7-5, while she teamed with sophomore Sylvia Li to take the Katrina Guenther Doubles Flight at the Tribe Invitational. Kong won the Cherle Dow Singles Flight at the Tribe Invitational to up the total number of tournament titles for the class of 2016 to three. Overall, the group has combined to go 23-9 in singles play in its inaugural season of intercollegiate competition.

Last Year
Instead of closing its fall schedule with the Harvard Fall Classic, the Crimson opened its 2011 fall season with the tournament. The friendly confines of Behren Tennis Center were kind to the Crimson, especially Kristin Norton. The then-junior topped teammate Camille Jania in the singles final to win the 'A' flight, 6-3, 6-1, and teamed with fellow captain Hideko Tachibana to top Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz of UMass, 8-3, to take the 'A' flight doubles championship.

Spring Slate
In addition to concluding its fall slate this week, the Crimson also unveiled its 2013 spring schedule. Harvard will play 15 of its 20 matches on its home courts, including the first nine contests of the season. The Crimson hosts Commonwealth rivals Massachusetts (Feb. 9), Boston College (Feb. 23) and Boston University (March 1) and Ivy League foes Pennsylvania (April 13), Princeton (April 14), Yale (April 21) and Dartmouth (April 27) among the 20-match schedule.

Harvard's five road contests consist of trips to Florida to play Stetson (March 19) and South Florida (March 20), New York to take on Cornell (April 5) and Columbia (April 6) and Rhode Island to battle Brown (April 19).

Up Next
Harvard returns to match action Jan. 20 when it kicks off the spring schedule against Cleveland State at 2 p.m.