Samantha Rosekrans and the Crimson welcome William & Mary and Prudue to the Murr Center this weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women’s tennis team returns home after placing fourth at the ECAC Indoor Championship in Princeton, N.J. to face No. 75 William & Mary and No. 63 Purdue this weekend.
After beginning the season ranked 44th in the preseason ITA team poll, the Crimson have dropped to No. 68 following a 3-5 start.
Harvard went 1-2 last weekend competing in the ECAC Indoor Championship. The Crimson picked up a 6-1 win over Cornell in the first round, but dropped matches to No. 34 Yale and No. 53 Brown.
Holly Cao remains undefeated as Harvard’s No. 1. Cao earned two victories last weekend to improve to 6-0 in spring duals and 13-2 dating back to the fall.
About William & Mary
The Tribe is 4-4 this season and enters the weekend with a national ranking of 75. William & Mary will take on Boston University Friday afternoon before taking on the Crimson Saturday.
William & Mary is coming off back-to-back loses to No. 43 Ohio State and No. 49 Marshall. The Buckeyes rolled the Tribe, 7-0, while the Thundering Herd took a 4-3 decision from William & Mary.
Katie Kargl holds a 6-2 record this spring from the No. 4 and 5 spots, to lead the Tribe.
The Boilermakers enter the weekend with a 6-1 mark and a national ranking of 63. Purdue will face Boston College Saturday in Weymouth. Mass. before its Sunday match against the Crimson.
Purdue has won its last two matches by identical 5-2 scores. The Boilermakers took down Kentucky Feb. 13 and Missouri Feb. 20. Their lone loss this season came against No. 25 South Carolina.
Winning the doubles point has been integral to the Boilermakers success this season. In all six of its wins, Purdue has won the doubles point. The Boilermakers lost the doubles point in their only defeat this season.
The Crimson will play its next six matches on the road following this weekend. A three-match road swing in California awaits Harvard, March 15-18, before returning east to face Va. Commonwealth (March 27), Cornell (Apr. 1) and Columbia (Apr. 2).