The Crimson ride a three-match win streak into the weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's tennis team closes its five-match homestand this weekend when it hosts Boston College and Rhode Island at the Murr Center. The Crimson entertains its second Beantown rival of the season when the Eagles make the short trek to Cambridge Saturday at 2:30 p.m., while the Rams visit the following day at 12:30 p.m. to conclude the weekend.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, six of Harvard's nine home matches will be streamed in HD quality through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.
Last Time Out
Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory as the Crimson downed Syracuse, 6-1, in a non-conference match Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Murr Center.
Harvard earned the doubles point after Amanda Lin and Sylvia Li downed Rhiann Newborn and Breanna Bachini, 6-4, to begin the day. It didn't take long for Harvard to clinch the match in singles play as the Crimson won five of the six matches, including three of the first four, to secure the victory. Spencer Liang, Harvard's ace, clinched the third set tiebreaker victory over Amanda Rodgers, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.
With the 6-1 victory over Syracuse, the Crimson stretched its home win streak to six consecutive matches, a streak that dates back to April 14, 2013 and is the longest since Harvard won seven straight in Cambridge, from Feb. 25, 2012 to Jan. 20, 2013.
Harvard holds a 17-4 singles record that features four undefeated players, and is propelled by a trio of freshmen that hold the Crimson's top three spots in the lineup. Monica Lin and June Lee, who sit at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, carry 4-0 records into the weekend, while Harvard's ace, Spencer Liang, is 2-0. Junior Amy He rounds out the unbeaten Crimson on the singles court with a 2-0 mark.
The tandem of He and A. Lin sit at 3-1 to lead Harvard in doubles action.
In the Rankings
Since debuting at No. 68 in the ITA College Tennis Rankings Jan. 2, Harvard has moved up a spot each week and now lands tied at No. 66 the latest national poll. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 48.
Related Link: ITA Rankings
Fantastic Freshman Foursome
According to TennisRecruiting.net, head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year. The quartet has competed to its potential, as the rookies have accumulated 44 singles victories, including 10 in dual action, which is .587 (44-75) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 16-4 record.
The Crimson owns an 82-20 record against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the team's inaugural season in 1973-74. Harvard is 10-5 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Traci Green, including a 10-2 mark in the last 12 matches.
Harvard owns a 62-16 record against Boston area schools. With Green at the helm, the Crimson boasts an 8-2 mark against its Beantown foes.
100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis collected her 100th-career victory. Green's is now 100-84 all-time including a 66-56 mark at the helm of the Crimson.
For the second consecutive season, the Crimson posted a shutout in the first match of the season when it blanked Missouri, 4-0, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 25. The season-opening clean sheet marks the 14th in Harvard history.
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 136 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 51 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .375 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson will attempt to remain unbeaten against Cal State Northridge, Houston, and Massachusetts.
Protecting Home Courts
The Crimson has competed in 305 matches at home, boasting a 236-69 (.774) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 40 of its 73 foes at home, including Ivy League rivals Columbia and Cornell.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles bring a perfect 5-0 record into Saturday's match after most recently sweeping its Comm. Ave rival, Boston University, 5-0, Feb. 9. Freshman Emily Safron has accumulated the most singles wins for Boston College, who ranks 73rd in the ITA national poll, with an unblemished 5-0 record, while classmate Lexi Borr and sophomore Katya Vasilyev have gone 4-1, respectively. Vasilyev and sophomore Wan-Yi Sweeting lead the Eagles on the doubles side with four victories in five tries.
The Series with the Eagles
Harvard owns a commanding 30-10 advantage in the all-time series with BC despite dropping the last two meetings to its Boston rival. The Crimson own a 19-5 lead over the Eagles on its home turf.
Related Link: Boston College Outlasts Women's Tennis, 4-3
Scouting Rhode Island
After closing the fall with two victories, the Rams, which play Stony Brook Saturday, Feb. 15, have dropped their first two matches of 2014 to sit 2-2. Sophomore Galina Chernykh tops the team in singles with a 12-3 mark, going 3-1 in duals at the No. 1 position. Chernykh is joined by classmate Elizaveta Sadovnikova on the doubles court to form the Rams' top doubles pair, going 3-0 in dual play in the top spot and 5-3 overall.
The Series with the Rams
Harvard and Rhode Island will meet for the first time.
Harvard takes to the road for a non-conference match at Clemson Friday, Feb. 21.