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Spring Break Trip Sends No. 40 Women’s Tennis to Golden State for Three Matches

The Crimson will compete in three matches over five days (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a three week break, the No. 40 Harvard women's tennis team hits the road for its annual spring trip March 18-22 in the Golden State. The Crimson will compete in three matches over the five-day span at Cal State Northridge, San Diego State and Long Beach State.

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Last Time Out
Trailing 3-0, the then-No. 68 Harvard women's tennis team scored four straight points to earn a 4-3 comeback non-conference victory over then-No. 11 Clemson Friday, Feb. 21 at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

The win marked Harvard's first over a top-15 opponent under the guidance of head coach Traci Green.

The Crimson fell behind, 3-0, but rallied behind freshman June Lee's 6-2, 6-4 victory over then-54th-seeded Koelzer. Classmates Spencer Liang and Monica Lin followed suit with victories over ranked opponents at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Amy He clinched the win when the sophomore downed the Tigers' Yuilynn Miao, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, on court four.

Related Link: Women's Tennis Rallies Comeback, Stuns No. 11 Clemson, 4-3

About No. 40 Harvard
Harvard brings a 6-2 record to California which is the best start for the Crimson in the Traci Green era. The 6-2 record also marks the finest beginning to a season since Harvard matched that number to open the 2005 campaign.

A pair of undefeated rookies pace Harvard's 28-11 singles court record. Monica Lin is a perfect 7-0 at the second position while June Lee sits at 5-0 on the third court.  M. Lin boasts a team-best 19-4 overall singles record while Lee sits at 11-4 overall in singles action.

Amy He and Amanda Lin lead the Crimson pairs on the doubles court with a 5-1 record in dual play.

Scouting Cal State Northridge
The Matadors picked up victories in its last two matches include a 7-0 sweep over UMKC Sunday, March 16 to bring a 6-4 mark into the match. Vivian Lin and Lorraine Cheung each boast 6-3 records on the singles court with Lin playing in Cal State Northridge's top position. Lin matches her singles 6-3 mark in the doubles play with partner Rodriguez as the Matador's top tandem.

The Series with the Matadors
Harvard has beaten Cal State Northridge in each of the matchups between the two schools. The two programs last met in 2009, when the Crimson swept the Matadors, 7-0.

Scouting San Diego State
The Aztecs (5-9) enter Wednesday's contest on a three-match skid with its most recent defeat coming by the rackets of No. 75 Louisville, 5-2, Friday March 14. On the singles court, San Diego has received a perfect performance from 37th-seeded Laura Antonana in dual action on court one with a 6-0 ledger. The senior is joined by Kristin Buth in doubles action for a team-best 5-1 mark in the top position.

The Series with the Aztecs
Harvard and San Diego traded wins to open the series, but the Crimson has since dropped the last two meetings to slip to 1-4 all-time against the Aztecs.

Scouting No. 53 Long Beach State
The 49ers snapped its seven-match win streak on Saturday, March 15 with a 6-1 setback to No. 41 Pepperdine to move to 9-2 overall. Maeva Razakasoa leads Long Beach on the singles court with an 11-1 record while Holly Reid and Karolina Rozenberg hold an 8-1 record and an 8-3 record, respectively. In doubles play, Reid teams up with Laura Eales for a team-best 11-1 mark. Prior to taking the court against the Crimson Saturday, March 22, the 49ers will welcome Wyoming Wednesday, March 19 and entertain Dartmouth Thursday, March 20.

The Series with the 49ers
Saturday's match will be the first meeting between Harvard and Long Beach since the program's last met in 1987. The Crimson reeled off the past two victories in the series to hold a slim, 2-1, advantage over the 49ers.

In the Rankings
After upsetting then-No. 11 Clemson, Harvard earned its highest ranking of the season in the ITA College Tennis Rankings as the Crimson were seeded 35th Feb. 25.  After three weeks off the courts, the Crimson has dropped down to 40. Harvard debuted at No. 68 on the initial national poll Jan. 2. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 64. Liang also lands on the singles list at 107.

Week
Jan. 2
Jan. 21
Jan. 29
Feb. 11
Feb. 18
Feb. 25
March 4
March 11 

ITA
68
67
66
T-66
68
35
37
40 

Related Link: ITA Rankings

Just Keep Winning
Monica Lin has downed a team-best 19 opponents on the singles court this season and rides an eight-match win streak into the spring break trip. The freshman has gone unbeaten (7-0) in dual action this season at the second position.

Fantastic Freshmen 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 50 singles victories, including 17 in dual action, which is .568 percent (50-88) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pace with a 19-4 record.

Unbeatable
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 137 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 52 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .380 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson remained unbeaten against Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island and will attempt to keep a perfect record against Cal State Northridge and Houston.  

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 is now 101-85 all-time including a 67-57 mark at the helm of the Crimson.

0-peners
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.

What's Next
Harvard returns to Cambridge Sunday, March 30 to close its non-conference schedule as the Crimson welcomes Houston to the Murr Center for an 11 a.m. match.