Women’s Tennis to Host Harvard Fall Classic

Women’s Tennis to Host Harvard Fall Classic

The Crimson are facing BC, BU, UConn, Delaware and Yale (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team begins its home slate with the Harvard Fall Classic against Boston College, Boston University, University of Connecticut, Delaware and Yale. The tournament is scheduled to begin play Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. and conclude Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Beren Tennis Center.
About the Fall Classic
The Crimson hosts five teams in the Harvard Fall Classic: Boston College, Boston University, Connecticut, Delaware and Yale. The invitational will be played in a flighted tournament style at the Beren Tennis Center and scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Tickets to the event are free and the Beren Tennis Center is equipped with stadium seating and court viewing areas.
Friday, Sept. 23rd – singles and doubles matches are set to run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.    
Saturday, Sept. 24 – singles and doubles matches are set to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25 – singles and doubles matches are set to run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's tennis team opened its fall campaign at the International Tennis Association (ITA) Grass Court Invitational Sept. 16-18 in Newport, Rhode Island Sophomore Erica Oosterhout and freshman Irene Lu secured a win in the Navratilova / Shriver doubles flight, finishing with an 8-6 decision against Cal's Stephanie Lin and Audrey Mayer and an 8-1 victory against Georgia Tech's Luca Fabian and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer. Freshman Natasha Gonzalez made her mark for the Crimson, earning first place in the Lindsay Davenport Flight. Gonzalez finished day three with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, defeating Cal's Mayer in the finals.

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.

Scouting Boston College
The Eagles return four members of last years' squad, including senior Lexi Borr who is ranked at No. 109 by the ITA and captured the top-flight singles title at the Harvard Fall Classic in 2015. Boston College finished the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 9-14. The Harvard Fall Classic marks the season opener for the Eagles.

Harvard leads the all-time series 31-12.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers have seven returning members to their 2016-17 team, including senior Madison Craft, who tallied wins at Holy Cross, Binghamton, Rhode Island and Lafayette in last season. Boston University finished the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 12-9 and won the Patriot League Championship. The Terriers opened the season at the Columbia Invitational, posting the most singles wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 flights.

The Crimson leads the all-time series, 33-6.
Scouting Connecticut
Connecticut began its 2016 fall campaign at the Quinnipiac Invitational, where senior Emma Alderman led the way, going 3-0 at the No. 1 slot. Connecticut finished the 2015-16 season with an overall mark of 10-10.
Harvard and Connecticut have not competed in a head-to-head matchup.  
Scouting Delaware
The Blue Hens began the 2016 fall season at the Towson Tiger Classic against Georgetown, Saint Joseph's, Towson and Rhode Island with Denny LaMachia leading the way with a 2-0 record. Delaware returns seven players from last years' roster and tallied an 8-10 overall record in the 2015-16 season.
Harvard and Delaware have not met in direct action.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs finished their 2015-16 season at 8-13 overall; the Harvard Fall Classic marks their season opener for 2016-17. Yale returns 10 members of the 2015-16 squad, including senior Tina Jiang who reached the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles with Valerie Shklover at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships in 2016.

Harvard currently leads the all-time series, 26-21.