Women’s Tennis Opens at the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational

Women’s Tennis Opens at the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational

The Harvard women's tennis team opens their fall campaign at the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team opens their fall campaign at the first Hall of Fame International Tennis Association (ITA) Grass Court Invitational in Newport, Rhode Island. The Crimson will face opponents from California, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech.

About the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational
The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The field features four men's teams and four women's teams who will compete in a flighted singles and doubles round-robin format. The athletes are playing for ITA Ranking Points. Admission to the event is free and the tournament will be streamed live on FloTennis.

Last Time Out
The Crimson recorded 12 wins in the 2015-16 season, including a pair of 7-0 victories against Providence and Rhode Island. During the third annual spring break trip to California, Harvard swept the west coast competition, including a 4-2 mark against No. 24 Fresno State. The Crimson ended the 2015-16 season ranked at No. 55 by the ITA.

Returning to the Court
Harvard returns six members of last year's team to the court in 2016-17, including sophomore Erica Oosterhout, who earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year with her 22-11 overall mark, primarily playing at the No. 3 slot. Junior Nikki Kallenberg, also returns after finishing her 2015-16 season with a 21-13 overall record at the No. 2 position. The Crimson also welcomes junior, Annika Ringblom back to the court. Ringblom posted a 19-11 overall record playing predominantly in the No. 4 position and a 11-8 mark in doubles play.

Welcome to Cambridge
The Harvard women's tennis team and head coach Traci Green have announced the incoming class of 2020; Nika BeskerJenna Friedel,Natasha GonzalezIrene LuLexi MilunovichKaelli Thiel and Angelina Ye. The group of seven joins the Crimson from five states and Croatia.

Aye, Aye Captain
The Crimson voted senior June Lee to lead the team for the 2016-17 year. The West Windsor, New Jersey native finished 15-14 in doubles play last season and helped Harvard place second at the ECAC Division I Indoor Championships.

Leading the Way
The head coach for Harvard women's tennis is Traci Green. Green enters her tenth season in 2016-17 after taking over the program July 1, 2007. Green is just the eighth person to serve as Harvard's women's tennis coach and has assisted the Crimson to 92 wins, including Harvard's 18th Ivy League Title in 2009.

Green is joined by assistant coach Andrew Laing and volunteer assistant coach Debbie Goldfine.

Stellar Scholars
Harvard women's tennis has been recognized with the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award. Additionally, Amy He and Sabrina Xiong were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes. To qualify as an ITA All-Academic Team, the student-athletes must maintain a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale, with each eligible player needing to compete in at least one varsity match. Individually, a 3.5 GPA and varsity letter are required to be an ITA Scholar-Athlete.