The women's tennis team heads down to Yale for the 2016 Bulldog Invitational (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team will travel to Yale for the Bulldog Invitational against Boston College, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stony Brook, UMass and Yale. The tournament is scheduled to begin play Friday, Oct. 7 and conclude Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
About the Bulldog Invitational
The Crimson faces seven teams at the Bulldog Invitational: Boston College, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stony Brook, UMass and Yale. The invitational will be played in a flighted tournament style at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center and scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 7.
Last Time Out
The Crimson hosted the Harvard Fall Classic Sept. 23-25 and saw action against Boston College, Boston University and Yale. In the No. 1 position against BU, June Lee lost in the first set, but fought back with to beat Iryna Kostirko, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 10-5. Lexi Milunovich secured a win in the No. 2 singles spot by surpassing the Terrier's Barbara Rodriguez with set scores of 7-6(2) and 6-3. Irene Lu saw a quick match against Boston University's Remi Ramos in the No. 3 singles position with set scores of 6-3, 6-4. Natasha Gonzalez also earned a quick victory against Craft in the No. 5 slot, 6-0 and 6-4.
Welcome to Cambridge
The Harvard women's tennis team and head coach Traci Green have announced the incoming class of 2020; 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.
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 Bears have eight reappearing members to their 2016-17 squad with senior Danya Ward leading the way. Ward posted a 21-12 record in singles and 22-8 mark in doubles, both at the No. 1 spot in 2015-16. Brown finished their 2015-16 campaign with a 15-10 overall record. The Bears opened this fall at the Brown Invitational against UMass, Rutgers and Stony Brook going 28-8 overall, including winning all three duals.
Cornell brings back eight members to their squad for the 2016-17 season, including junior Priyanka Shah who went 7-0 in Ivy League play during last year's season. The Big Red went 15-8 during the 2015-16 season and 4-3 in the Ancient Eight. Cornell opened this season at home with the Cornell Invitational Sept. 9-11.
Dartmouth has seven members returning to the court for the 2016-17 season. Senior Taylor Ng looks to defend her position in the No. 1 slot, after posting a 10-8 record last year. Dartmouth finished the 2015-16 season with a 13-6 mark, including a 4-3 conference record. The Big Green opened their 2016-17 campaign at the Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Virginia Sept. 16-18.
Scouting Stony Brook
Stony Brook has seven members returning to the court in the 2016-17 season, including junior Elizabeth Tsvetkov, who went 7-3 in single and 7-3 in doubles, both at the No. 1 position last season. The Seawolves finishes their 2015-16 campaign with a 10-7 mark.
Scouting University of Massachusetts
UMass returns seven members of their 2015-16 squad; the Minutemen finished last season with a 14-7 mark. Sophomore Ruth Crawford heads back onto the court in the No.1 position after finishing 9-5 in singles and 15-4 in doubles during last year's season.
The Bulldogs finished their 2015-16 season at 8-13 overall; the Bulldog Invitational marks their home 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.