Harvard vs. Boston University
Irene Lu has registered 11 wins this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to win its fifth of the past six matches, Harvard women's tennis faces Boston University Saturday, Feb. 25. The first serve is set for 11 a.m. and the duel will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's tennis team faced Cornell and Brown at the ECAC Indoor Championships. The Crimson (4-5) downed the Big Red, 4-3. Natasha Gonzalez kicked things off for the Crimson with a 6-1, 6-2-win over Ananya Dua. Irene Lu outnumbered Maiko Iinuma in the fourth position, tallying a 6-3, 6-2 win. Harvard was unable to pass the Bears on Sunday, falling, 4-1. Erica Oosterhout paced the Crimson with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Danya Lord in the No. 1 position. Despite coming back in the second set, Jenna Friedel was not able to finish her tiebreaker against Maddie Stearns in the third position.
Feb. 11, 2017
The Crimson has seen action against Northwestern, DePaul, Alabama and Florida State this season. Freshmen Lexi Milunovich and Irene Lu lead Harvard with 5-1 and 11-10 records, respectively, while Natasha Gonzalez also adds an 9-10 mark. Gonzalez and Lu hold a 5-2 record in doubles play.
Scouting Boston University
The Terriers started off their season with matches against Dartmouth, Rhode Island and Binghamton. BU recorded three consecutive wins against Rhode Island, Binghamton and Navy, but the Terriers rally was cut short at Maryland, falling 5-2 to the Terrapins.
Harvard leads BU in its all-time series 33-6, outlasting the Terriers 4-3 in its last meeting on Feb. 19, 2016. The Crimson is looking to win its eighth-straight contest against the Terriers.
Best of Beantown
Harvard has exerted its will in contests against the other three Boston schools since the inaugural season in 1973-74. The Crimson holds a 32-10 mark against Boston College, a 32-6 lead against Boston University, and a 2-0 record over MIT.
Head coach Traci Green is just four wins away from tallying 100 career victories. Green is the second winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 96 wins. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
Four members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu and Erica Oosterhout. Lee boasts a 3-0 record in the first position, while Gonzalez and Lu hold 9-10 and 11-10 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 7-5 mark, including a 4-2 mark in the first position, most recently besting Brown's Danya Lord, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, during the ECAC Championships Feb.11-12.
Flourishing in First
The Crimson posts a 7-2 overall record in first position. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 3-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds a 4-2 mark in the spot.
Back in Crimson
Sophomores Isabel Jasper, Erica Oosterhout, and Sabrina Xiong, junior Annika Ringblom, and senior June Lee return from the 2015-16 squad that went 12-11 overall. Xiong enters the season after posting a 14-10 overall record, with a 3-4 mark in conference play. Xiong was also recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by the ITA.
The Harvard women's tennis team has seven new members for the 2016-17 season: Nika Besker, Jenna Friedel, Natasha Gonzalez, Irene Lu, Lexi Milunovich, Kaelli Thiel and Angelina Ye. The group of seven joins the Crimson from five states and Croatia.
On the Sidelines
The head coach for Harvard women's tennis is Traci Green. Green is in her tenth season in 2016-17. Green is just the eighth person to serve as Harvard's women's tennis coach and has assisted the Crimson to 96 wins, including Harvard's 18th Ivy League title in 2009.
Green is joined by assistant coach Andrew Laing and volunteer assistant coach Debbie Goldfine.
Aye, Aye Captain
Senior June Lee was chosen to be the team's captain for the 2016-17 academic year. Lee is the 54th captain in program history.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Harvard will continue on its 10-game home stay, hosting St. John's and Bryant on March 4 and Stony Brook and Providence on March 11. The matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.