Women's Tennis Closes Fall Season at Harvard Invitational



Harvard Invitational
Nov. 4-6, 2016
Nov. 4 vs Syracuse, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 vs Pitt, 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 6 vs BU, 2 p.m.
Murr Center Tennis Courts
Ivy League Digital Network

Harvard closes out the fall season at the Harvard Invitational (Zack Williamson).

The Storyline
Harvard women's tennis wraps up its fall schedule with its own Harvard Invitational from Nov. 4-6. The round robin will include Boston University, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse and be will broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

About the Harvard Invitational
The Crimson hosts three teams in the Harvard Fall Classic: Boston University, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The invitational will be played in a round-robin style at the Murr Center and scheduled to begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. 

Last Time Out
The Crimson sent four members of the squad to compete at the ITA Regional Championship: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu and Erica Oosterhout. Lee and Oosterhout made their mark in the doubles flights, earning a spot in the quarterfinals after securing wins over St. John's (8-5), Seton Hall (8-7[1]) and Boston College (8-6). Gonzalez and Lu also tallied two victories in the doubles round, including an 8-2 win over Rutgers and an 8-3 win over UConn.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard has seen action at five tournaments this fall, including the first-annual International Hall of Fame Collegiate Grass Court Invite. Sophomore Erica Oosterhout and freshman Irene Lu secured a win in the Navratilova/Shriver doubles flight. Freshman Natasha Gonzalez made her mark for the Crimson, earning first place in the Lindsay Davenport Flight. Four members of the squad competed at the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 20-23: Gonzalez, June Lee, Lu and Oosterhout. Lee and Oosterhout advanced to the quarterfinals in singles action, tallying wins over UMass, Brown and Drexel. Both doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals after posting wins over St. John's, Seton Hall, Boston College, Rutgers and UConn.

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.

Scouting Pitt
Pitt returns seven members of their 2015-16 squad this year, including seniors Amber Washington and Audrey Ann Blakely. Washington went 17-2 in singles during the 2015-16 season, while Blakely secured an 18-21 overall record. The Panthers welcome one member to the team this year, Jovana Knexevic from Cyprus.

Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse returns eight members from their 2015-16 team this year, including Anna Shkudun and Gabriela Knutson. Shkudun went 13-10 overall last season while Salazar went 17-5.  Both women are ranked by the ITA in the latest polls, at No. 44 and No. 59, respectively.

Back in Crimson
Sophomores Isabel Jasper, Erica Oosterhout, and Sabrina Xiong, juniors Nikki Kallenberg, and Annika Ringblom,  and senior June Lee return from the 2015-16 squad that went 12-11 overall. Xiong enters the season after posting a 14-10 overall record, with 3-4 in conference play. Xiong was also recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by the ITA. 

Fresh Faces
The Harvard women's tennis team has seven new members for the 2016-17 season: 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.

On the Sidelines
The head coach for Harvard women's tennis is Traci Green. Green enters her tenth season in 2016-17. 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.

Aye, Aye Captain
Senior June Lee was chosen to be the team's captain for the 2016-17 academic year. Lee is the 54th captain in program history.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Up Next
Harvard takes a break after its fall season and will return to play January 21 at Northwestern.