CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Traci Green, the head coach of the Harvard women's tennis team, has announced that four freshmen will be added to the team's roster in 2013-14: June Lee, Spencer Liang, Monica Lin and Danielle Mirda. The quartet, the No. 4 recruiting class in the country according to tennisrecruiting.net, hails from four different states, representing New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California.
"I'm very excited about this talented group of freshmen that will be joining our Harvard tennis family," Green said. "It has been a pleasure getting to know these young women during the recruiting process, and I'm really looking forward to working with them in the upcoming years. I expect them to make an immediate impact on our team's quest for the Ivy League title."
The incoming freshmen will join a squad that finished third in the Ivy League and went 13-6 overall. Seven players return, including second team All-Ivy selection Amy He, who went 12-4 during the dual season and 4-3 in conference play.
The Class of 2017
June Lee – West Windsor, N.J. – K12 International Academy
Finalist at the 2012 Women's Open Singles PMC Holiday Tournament ... Played in the qualifying round of the US Open Juniors in 2012 ... Doubles champion at the ITF Junior G5 tournament in the Dominican Republic in 2010 ... Reached the finals of the 2010 ITF Junior 65 tournament in Puerto Rico ... Ranked 145 in the Junior ITF Rankings ... Led the WW-P tennis team to a Mercer County Championship in 2009 ... Honor Roll GPA over 3.5 from 2009-2013 ... Also enjoys cooking and baking.
Spencer Liang – Potomac, Md. – Winston Churchill
Ranked in the top five nationally each year since the age of 14 ... 35-0 record in Mid-Atlantic tournaments ... Has earned three USTA gold balls, three silver balls and three bronze balls ... Won the Eddie Herr International singles tournament in 2009 and the Easter Bowl ITF doubles championship in 2013 ... Reached the finals of the Hard Courts Super Nationals in singles in 2010 and won the doubles championship in 2011 ... Won the 2012 USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award and six other sportsmanship awards... Great uncle, Henry Chin '45, and second cousin, Pamela Chin '80, also attended Harvard.
Monica Lin – Schaumburg, Ill. – Schaumburg
Played first singles at Schaumburg in 2009 and 2010 ... Earned fifth-place medal at the Illinois State High School Tennis Tournament in 2010 to become first player in school history to medal at states ... Reached the top 16 in the Illinois State tournament as a freshman ... St. Louis National Open champion ... USTA No. 1 USTA individual doubles ranking in Midwest girls 18s ... Received National Merit Letter of Commendation in 2012 ... Named an Illinois State Scholar and a distinguished scholar ... Volunteered as a math tutor and at the Northern Illinois Food Bank ... Won the North Shore Music Teachers Association silver medal ... Other interests include reading, origami and yoga.
Danielle Mirda – Napa, Calif. – Napa
Four-year letterwinner and No. 1 singles player at Napa High ... Two-time team captain ... Reached the finals of the Monticello Empire League all four years, winning three league titles ... Voted team MVP in 2009 and 2010 ... Advanced to the CIF San Joaquin section semifinals three straight years ... USTA Sportsmanship Award recipient ... Valedictorian ... Hispanic National Merit Scholar ... Medical volunteer at Somos Amigos Medical Missions in the Dominican Republic and Queen of the Valley Medical Center ... Also enjoys horseback riding, hiking and baking.