Women’s Tennis Heads to ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Ohio State

Women’s Tennis Heads to ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Ohio State

Harvard will face Alabama on Saturday Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team is scheduled to compete at the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament hosted by No. 7 Ohio State Jan. 28-29. The Crimson will face Alabama on Saturday Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and will see either No. 7 Ohio State or Florida State on Sunday.
Last Time Out
Harvard opened its 2017 campaign on the road at #26 Northwestern and DePaul.  June Lee saw action in the No. 1 slot, going 2-0 against the Wildcats and Blue Demons. Lee earned the Crimson's sole singles victory against the Wildcats, besting #104 Maddie Lipp, 6-1, 6-3. Lee downed #87 Yulia Shupenia of DePaul, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Sabrina Xiong and Annika Ringblom registered a doubles victory against Patricia Laucranjan and Marina Cozac, 6-4.
Scouting Harvard

The Crimson (0-2) competed in five tournaments in the fall, including the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional. Freshman Lexi Milunovich and senior June Lee lead Harvard with 5-0 and 7-9 records, respectively, while freshman Natasha Gonzalez also adds a 7-8 mark. Lee and Erica Oosterhout lead the Crimson with a 6-1 mark in doubles play.

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Nov. 4-Nov. 6, 2016

Scouting Alabama
The Crimson Tide started off their season with back-to-back matches against UAB and Alabama State. Alabama swept UAB 4-0 and tallied a 7-0 mark against Alabama State. The Crimson Tide also faced Illinois and Washington in back-to-back contests, besting Illinois 6-1, and falling to Washington 3-4.  
Harvard trails Alabama in its all-time series, 2-3, falling 3-4 in its last meeting in the spring of 2005.
Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles opened their season with a 5-2 win against Columbia on Jan. 16. FSU boasts a 27-22 overall record after racking up a 23-20 mark in the tournament play this fall. The Seminoles will play No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday Jan. 28 during ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Harvard trails FSU in the all-time series, 0-2, falling in its last meeting, 2-5, in the spring of 2002.

Scouting Ohio State
The No. 7 Buckeyes opened up its season with a pair of 7-0 marks against Bowling Green State and Wright State Jan. 20. Ohio State boats a 58-23 overall record, after recording a 46-23 record this fall. The Buckeyes will face Florida State on Jan. 28 during ITA Kick-Off Weekend. 

Harvard and Ohio State are tied at 1-1 in the all-time series, falling 3-4 in its last meeting in the spring of 2004.

In the Ranks
Harvard's standout freshman, Lexi Milunovich broke into the No. 111 on the national rankings, produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Jan. 4 after grossing a 5-0 record in the fall.
Back in Crimson
Sophomores Isabel Jasper, Erica Oosterhout, and Sabrina Xiong, junior 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 will host Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. The dual will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.