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Ten Home Matches Highlight Women’s Tennis Spring Slate

The Crimson will compete for its 19th Ivy League crown in 2014 (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Head coach Traci Green has announced the Harvard women's tennis team's spring schedule Monday afternoon. Ten home matches await the Crimson during the 2014 campaign that features 17 dual matches and an invitational.

Harvard's spring slate begins on the road at the Indiana Invitational, Jan. 18-20. From The Hoosier State, the Crimson will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for its first dual match of the 41st season at the ITA Kickoff Weekend, Jan 24-26.

Harvard returns to Cambridge in February for a five-match homestand that features three in-state rivals, the first being Massachusetts Feb. 1. Boston University will drop by Feb. 8, while Boston College visits Feb. 15. The Crimson will host Syracuse Feb. 9 and close out its home stay with Southern Feb. 16.

After traveling to Clemson Feb. 21, the Crimson will remain on the road for a three-game spring break trip. Harvard will visit Cal State Northridge (March 18), San Diego State (March 19) and Long Beach State (March 22) over the course of five days. Non-conference action concludes when Harvard welcomes Houston to the Murr Center March 30.

For the 21st consecutive season, Harvard plays the entirety of its Ivy League slate in the month of April. The last time the Crimson played a league match outside the fourth month of the year was May 1, 1992 against Cornell.

Harvard's quest for its 19th Ancient Eight title begins with a pair of home matches against Columbia and Cornell April 4-5, while road contests at Princeton and Penn will take place a week later.. A home dual with Brown April 18 precedes a road trip to rival Yale April 20. The regular season comes to a close on the road at Dartmouth April 26.

The Crimson, which returns seven letterwinners, ended 2012-13 on a four-match win streak to finish third in the Ivy League with a 5-2 conference mark and 14-6 overall record. Harvard also recorded six shutouts a year ago, the most by a Harvard squad has posted since 2003.