The Crimson will face Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team will return home to host a trio of teams this weekend: Boston College on Saturday Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., Georgetown Sunday Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. and Rhode Island on Sunday Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard traveled to No. 7 Ohio State to compete in ITA Kick-Off Weekend against Alabama and Florida State. The Crimson was not able to overcome Alabama on Saturday Jan. 28, falling 4-0. The Crimson faced Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 29, where Irene Lu earned her seventh victory of the year, with a defeat of Ariana Rahmanparast at No. 5 singles. The freshman got off to a strong start, tallying a 6-1 victory in the first set, and kept her momentum going through the second set, finishing 6-2.
Nov. 4-Nov. 6, 2016
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles started off their season with matches against Virginia, Yale and Dartmouth. BC's rally was cut short against Virginia, falling 3-4. BC also faced a pair of Ivy League teams during the week of Jan. 23, besting Yale 5-2, and falling to Dartmouth 2-5.
The Hoyas opened their season with a 7-0 sweep against Drexel on Jan. 27. Georgetown's players boast a 47-25 overall record after racking up a 25-25 mark in the tournament play this fall.
Scouting Rhode Island
The Rams opened up their season on the road against Brown on Jan. 21. Rhode Island was unable to overcome the Bears, falling 7-0. Rhode Island also saw action against Boston University on Jan. 26 and UConn on Jan. 29, dropping 4-3 and 7-0, respectively.
Harvard leads Rhode Island in the all-time series, 3-0, sweeping the Rams 7-0 in its last meeting March 13, 2016.
Three members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, and Irene Lu. Lee boasts a 2-0 record in the first position, most recently recording a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 victory over No. 87 Yulia Shupenia of DePaul. Gonzalez and Lu hold 7-8 and 7-10 records, respectively.
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 a 3-4 mark in conference play. Xiong was also recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by the ITA.
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.
The head coach for Harvard women's tennis is Traci Green. Green is in 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'Ss 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.
Harvard will host the ECAC Indoor Championships Feb. 10-12. All matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.