No. 46 Women’s Tennis Travels to Princeton, Penn for First Ivy Road Trip
He and partner A. Lin looks to remian unbeaten in Ivy doubles play this weekend (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 46 Harvard women's tennis team will hit the road for its first full weekend of Ivy League play as it visits No. 69 Princeton Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m. and Penn Sunday, April 13 at 12 p.m.
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
Harvard downed Cornell, 6-1, April 5 at the Murr Center to pick up its first Ivy League victory.
With its 10th-straight win over Cornell in the series history, Harvard remains unbeaten against the Big Red in Cambridge. The victory also moves the Crimson to 36-1 all-time against Cornell since the two first met in 1983.
For the eighth match this season, Harvard clinched the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead into singles play. The Crimson sealed the win by winning five of the six singles matches, including three of the first four.
About No. 46 Harvard
Harvard fell to then-No. 33 Columbia and downed Cornell in its Ivy League opening weekend to hold a 9-5 overall record and 1-1 mark against Ancient Eight opponents.
Monica Lin has paced the Crimson's singles players throughout the season, as the freshman boasts a 10-3 mark in dual action, all at the second spot. Sophomore Amanda Lin holds a 10-2 mark while Harvard's ace, rookie Spencer Liang sits at 7-4.
A. Lin pairs up with classmate Amy He on the doubles court to lead the Crimson with an 8-1 record in dual play.
Scouting No. 69 Princeton
The Tigers (14-5), who have won six-straight matches, bring a perfect 3-0 Ivy League mark into Saturday's match. Lindsay Graff has posted a 14-4 record playing at No. 1 singles, going 3-0 in conference matches. Amanda Muliawan, who has split time between positions two and three, and Caroline Joyce, who has played on courts three through six, also own unbeaten Ancient Eight marks.
In doubles action, Graff partners with Alanna Wolff at the top position, as the tandem holds a 3-2 mark and 1-1 in Ivy play.
The Series with the Tigers
Entering its 39th meeting with Princeton, Harvard looks to snap a four-match skid in the all-time series that dates back to 1974. Despite dropping the past four meetings, including a 4-3 setback a year ago, the Crimson holds a 22-16 advantage in the series.
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The Quakers, who sit 7-7, 0-3 in the Ivy League, have dropped conference road matches at Princeton, Brown and Yale thus far. Sol Eskenazi leads Penn with an 11-2 mark in the No. 1 singles spot while freshman Kana Daniel has been successful at the second spot with an 8-6 record. The duo has teamed up as the Quakers top team in doubles action.
In Ivy League play, Penn has gone 5-13 in singles matches and 5-4 in doubles, with Eskenazi accounting for five of the team's 10 wins (two singles, three doubles.
The Series with the Quakers
Harvard has won four of the last five meetings with Penn, including a 4-3 victory in Cambridge last season, to hold a 29-9 advantage in the all-time series.
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Around the Ivy League
After its first weekend of Ancient Eight action, Harvard currently sits in a third-place tie in the Ivy League standings. The Crimson is 1-1 in conference play and is tied with Brown, Dartmouth and Yale, while Columbia and Princeton are tied at the top at 3-0.
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. Currently, Harvard sits 46th in the latest national poll released April 8. The Crimson debuted on the initial national poll seeded 68th Jan. 2. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 57.
Related Link: ITA Rankings
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's tennis joined the Ivy League in 1979, Harvard has captured the most Ancient Eight crowns. The Crimson owns a conference-best 18 Ivy titles and 14 outright.
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 58 singles victories, including 24 in dual action, which is .553 percent (57-103) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 22-7 record.
Protecting Home Court
The Crimson has competed in 310 matches at home to boast a 239-71 (.771) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 41 of its 75 foes at home including Ivy League rival Cornell.
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 Cal State Northridge, Houston, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island.
100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse Feb. 9, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory. Green is now 104-87 all-time including a 70-59 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.
Harvard hosts Brown in its final home contest of the season Friday, April 18 at 2 p.m.