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Women’s Tennis Opens Fall at William & Mary Tribe Invitational

The Crimson takes the court for the first time this fall this weekend (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team will open its 2013 fall schedule at the annual William & Mary Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., Sept. 20-23.

Scene Setter
The invitational kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with two rounds of doubles competition followed by two rounds of singles. The event is being held at the Millie West Tennis Facility, Commons Courts and McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Courts and will see competitors from ten different programs. Joining the Crimson at the annual event will be Dartmouth, Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Utah, VCU, Marshall and host William & Mary. Saturday, Sept. 21 features the championship round of doubles at 9 a.m. followed by three rounds of singles play. The competition concludes Sunday, Sept. 22 with two rounds of singles.

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Back Again
Harvard returns seven letterwinners in 2013-14 including second team All-Ivy selection Amy He, who went 12-4 during the dual season and 4-3 in conference play in singles. Hai-Li Kong took her final 12 matches of the season in 2012-13 to finish a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League and 14-2 in the dual season, while Amanda Lin also accomplished an undefeated conference mark to hold a 16-1 dual meet singles record.

Also returning is Hannah Morrill, Kong's double partner from a year ago. The duo went 6-1 in doubles play and 4-1 in league action. Natalie Blosser, Sylvia Li and Crystal Yen will also return  for the Crimson this season.

Fresh Faces
Head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year, according to TennisRecruiting.net's incoming rankings. The quartet, made up of June Lee, Spencer Liang, Monica Lin and Danielle Mirda, represent four different states.

Related Link: Four Freshman Added to Women's Tennis for 2013-14

Captain Crimson
Senior Hannah Morrill will serve as captain for the 2013-14 campaign. Morrill is the 51st captain in program history and the first individual to serve as captain since Sanja Bajin '03 in 2003.  

On the Sidelines
Traci Green enters her seventh season at the helm of the Crimson. Under her guidance, Harvard won the program's 18th Ivy League title in 2009 with a 13-8 overall record and a 6-1 conference mark. Green owns a 62-55 overall record and 27-15 mark in the Ancient Eight.

A Year Ago
The 2012-13 campaign saw the Crimson conclude its schedule on a four-match win streak to finish third in the Ivy League with a 5-2 conference and 14-6 overall record. Harvard recorded six shutouts last season, the most a squad has posted since 2003.

What's Next
The Crimson will travel to Pacific Palisades, Calif., where it will compete at the All-American Championship Sept. 28 - Oct. 6.