The Crimson faces three Ivy competitors over the weekend (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Harvard women's tennis will host the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Women's Indoor Tennis Championship Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12.
The Harvard women's tennis team completed a three-match sweep at home, with 4-3 and 4-0 marks against Georgetown and Rhode Island Feb. 5 after completing a 5-2 victory over the Boston College Eagles Feb. 4. June Lee tallied a pair of wins against Boston College and Georgetown. Lee bested Risa Nakagawa of Georgetown, 6-1, 6-2, while recording a 6-0, 6-0 win against Rhode Island's Mihaela Codreanu. Lee improves to a 5-1 record in dual action for the 2017 season.
Feb. 5, 2017
The Crimson (3-4) have seen action against Northwestern, DePaul, Alabama and Florida State earlier this season. Lexi Milunovich and senior June Lee lead Harvard with 5-1 and 10-9 records, respectively, while freshman Natasha Gonzalez also adds an 8-8 mark. Lee and Erica Oosterhout lead the Crimson with a 7-4 mark in doubles play.
Scouting the Field
Harvard will face Columbia, Cornell and Brown during the championship. The Lions hold a 1-4 record in the 2016-17 season, most recently dropping a 3-4 decision to FIU. The Big Red is locked at 2-2 for the season, sweeping NJIT 7-0 in its latest contest. The Bears sit at a 2-1 record in the 2016-17 season, most recently winning 6-1 against Massachusetts.
ECAC Tournament Schedule
The ECAC tournament schedule features six Ivy competitors: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. The championship will be won by the team with the best overall record.
Match 4: Cornell vs. Harvard 10 a.m.
Match 5: Columbia vs. Princeton 1 p.m.
Match 6: Brown vs. Dartmouth 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Match 7: Cornell vs. Princeton 9 a.m.
Match 8: Columbia vs. Dartmouth 12 p.m.
Match 9: Brown vs. Harvard 3 p.m.
Head coach Traci Green is just five wins away from tallying 100 career victories. Green is the second winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 95 wins. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
Three members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, and Irene Lu. Lee boasts a 3-0 record in the first position, most recently recording a 6-0, 6-0 win against Rhode Island's Mihaela Codreanu. Gonzalez and Lu hold 7-8 and 7-10 records, respectively.
Sweeping the Court
Freshman Irene Lu and sophomore Erica Oosterhout boast a 2-0 record in doubles, after recording 8-1, 8-6 marks at the ITA Hall of Fame Grass Court Invitational Sept. 18.
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 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.
On the Sidelines
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 95 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.
Harvard will take a break from action, returning to the court on Feb. 25 when the Crimson hosts Boston University.