Women’s Tennis Adds Four Freshmen for 2012-13

Harvard finished with a 4-3 record in Ivy League play in 2012 (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women’s tennis team will bring in four student-athletes in the class of 2016. Head coach Traci Green welcomes athletes hailing from three different states and one Canadian province.

The Crimson had a solid season in 2011-12, putting together an overall dual record of 11-7 to go along with a 4-3 mark in the Ivy League. Junior co-captains Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana both received All-Ivy League accolades in singles and doubles, and the pair combined to form Harvard’s top doubles tandem. Harvard graduates only one player from the 2011-12 squad in senior Samantha Gridley.  

Amy He – Freshman – Burlington, Ont./Nelson
Before Harvard
Played tennis at Nelson High School and served as team captain in 2008 … Member of the Canadian Junior Fed Cup team and helped squad capture the North American title and gold and silver medals at the Canada Games … Under-16 Canadian Junior national champion … Third-place finisher at under-18 Canadian Junior nationals … Under-14, U16 and U18 Ontario Provincial singles champion … Under-18 Ontario doubles champion … Ranked within the top five in Canada and top two in Ontario during high school career … Achieved honor roll status and had a top-five grade-point average all four years of high school … Earned Grade B Royal Conservatory for piano in 2008 … Assisted with Halton’s Children’s Aid Foundation fundraiser in 2011 and 2012 … Worked at Appleby Place retirement residence in 2008 … Enjoys singing, music and reading.

Hai-Li Kong – Freshman – Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill
Before Harvard
Reached No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic tennis girls 18 and under rankings … Climbed to No. 45 in the national girls rankings and No. 228 in the international rankings … Served as vice president of the Civitans Club while at Winston Churchill High School … Involved with the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day fundraiser at the 2008 U.S. Open … Ranked within the top five percent academically in her county … Also enjoys playing the piano and making pottery.

Amanda Lin – Freshman – West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West
Before Harvard

Lettered in tennis at Lakota West High School and was also a Kaplan High School student from 2009-10 … Won the national hard court singles championship and the national clay court doubles championship in 2007 … Also took fourth at the national clay court championships in singles … Captured the state doubles title as a freshman at Lakota West … Earned three ITF doubles titles in 2010 … High school valedictorian … Attained high honor roll all four years of high school … Received the Kaplan Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2010 … Earned the Notre Dame Book Club award in 2011 … Enjoys soccer and reading.

Crystal Yen – Freshman – Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga
Before Harvard
Lettered in tennis and track and field at Saratoga High School … Served as captain of the tennis team as a senior … Named the Mercury News Tennis Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 … Went undefeated as a senior and won the Central Coast Section (CCS) title … As a junior, won the individual and team CCS titles and helped her team to northern California title … High school team was northern California finalist all four years … State qualifier in the 300 meter hurdles … Also enjoys hiking and cooking.