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Women’s Tennis Kicks off Spring Break Trip Against Texas State, Cal State Northridge

Women’s Tennis Kicks off Spring Break Trip Against Texas State, Cal State Northridge

Harvard posts a .786 winning percentage in the first position (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard women's tennis kicks off a three-match road trip on the West Coast against Texas State and Cal State Northridge at the Knollwood Club in Santa Monica, California. The matches will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The Crimson will face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 18 at 12 p.m.
 
Last Time Out
In their final matches of a 10-game homestay, Harvard women's tennis sunk Stony Brook, 6-1, and Providence, 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Murr Center. Head coach Traci Green earned her 100th and 101st wins at the duals, and is the second coach in Harvard women's tennis history to earn triple-digit wins. The Crimson improved to a 9-1 record at home, posting a 9-5 overall record.

Results vs Stony Brook
Results vs Providence

Recap: Women's Tennis vs Stony Brook, W, 6-1, vs Providence, W, 7-0
Mar 13, 2017

March 11, 2017

 
Scouting Harvard
The Crimson is on a five-match win streak, posting winning marks against Boston University, St. John's, Bryant, St. John's and Providence in the past three weeks. Freshman Irene Lu and sophomore Erica Oosterhout lead Harvard with 14-11 and 10-6 records, respectively. June Lee has 14 wins this season, including a 4-0 mark in the first position.  Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold an 8-2 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout post a 11-7 mark.
 
Scouting Texas State
The Bobcats started off their season with matches against McNeese State, Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State. Texas State recently fell to UTSA and Rice, recording 4-3 and 5-2 marks, respectively. The Bobcats will rely on efforts from Ana Perez, who has gone 7-1 this season, including a 6-1 mark in fourth position. 

This marks the first meeting between Harvard and Texas State. 

Scouting Cal State Northridge
The Matadons began their 2017 campaign against UC Riverside, recording a 6-1 win. Cal State Northridge has also seen action against Westmont, Hawaii Pacific, San Diego and Long Beach State this season. Most recently, the Matadons competed against New Mexico and South Dakota State, posting 4-3 and 7-0 wins, respectively. Cal State Northridge posts a 6-5 overall record.
 
Harvard leads Cal State Northridge in its all-time the series, 3-0, besting the Matadons 6-1 in its last meeting March 18, 2014.
Scouting UC Santa Barbara 
The Gauchos opened their 2017 campaign against USC, but was unable to find their rhythm, falling 5-2 in the season opener. UC Santa Barbara currently holds a 7-7 record on the season, recording wins against San Jose State, Arizona and UC Davis. 
Harvard leads UCSB in the all-time series, 8-7, downing the Gauchos, 4-3, in its last meeting March 19, 2016.

Prominent Pairs
Freshmen Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez have clinched an 8-2 record in doubles this season, most recently downing Ashanti Campfield and Nina Luiggi of Bryant in the second slot, 6-0. Gonzalez paces the Crimson with an overall doubles mark of 11-7, while Lu stands at 11-11. June Lee and Erica Oosterhout improved to an 11-7 overall record in doubles, winning the last three duals.
 
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 33-6 lead against Boston University and a 2-0 record over MIT.
 
Triple Digit Wins
Head coach Traci Green tallied her 100th and 101st career victories over this past weekend. Green is the second-winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 101 wins and is the second coach in Harvard women's tennis history to earn triple-digit victories. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
 
Lucky 7's
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 4-0 record in the first position, while Lu and Gonzalez hold 14-11 and 12-11 records, respectively.  Oosterhout has posted a 10-6 mark, including a 7-3 mark in the first position, most recently besting Providence's Risa Takenaka 6-0, 6-0 on March 11.
 
Flourishing in First
The Crimson posts an 11-3 overall record in first position. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 4-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds a 7-3 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.
 
Fresh Faces
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 10th 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 99 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.

What's Next?
Harvard will conclude its three-game streak out west on Saturday, March 18. The Crimson will  play UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.

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