Women’s Tennis Continues on Home Stay, Hosts St. John's and Bryant

The Crimson have posted a 5-1 record at home (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Looking to improve on its 5-1 home record, Harvard women's tennis will host St. John's and Bryant Saturday, March 4. The first serve against St. John's is set for 12 p.m. and Bryant at 4 p.m. The duals will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson (5-5) downed the Boston University Terriers, 6-1 on February 25. Oosterhout pushed her singles win streak to five games after battling with Iryna Kostirko in the first position. Oosterhout swept the first set, 6-0, and earned a score of 6-3 in the second set. Lee faced Barbara Rodriguez in the second slot, finishing with a 6-1, 6-0 mark to finalize the point.  Jenna Friedel earned her first win in the third position against Remi Ramos, tallying a pair of 6-2 decisions. Sabrina Xiong earned her first win of the seasonin the sixth position, facing off against Sophia Kryloft. Xiong took the first set 6-2 and won the second set with a 6-4 tally.


Recap: Women's Tennis vs BU, W 6-1
Feb 27, 2017

Feb. 25, 2017

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson has seen action against Boston College, Georgetown, Rhode Island, Cornell and Brown this season. Freshman Irene Lu and sophomore Erica Oosterhout lead Harvard with 12-10 and 8-5 records, respectively. June Lee has 11 wins this season, including a 3-0 mark in the first position.  Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold a 6-2 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout post an 8-6 mark.  

Scouting St. John's
The Red Storm started off their season with matches against Fairfield, NJIT and Florida International. St. John's is sitting in a six-game win streak, recording wins against Yale, LIU Brooklyn, Hofstra, Marquette, DePaul and Villanova. The Red Storm boast an 8-1 mark, including a 3-0 record in Big East action.

Harvard leads St. John's in its all-time series 1-0, outlasting the Red Storm, 4-3, in its last meeting on March 10, 2012.

Scouting Bryant
The Bulldogs began their 2017 campaign with back-to-back contests against Siena and Brandeis, but was unable to earn the match point, falling 4-3 in both matches. Bryant also saw action against Boston College, Army West Point and Stony Brook this season.  

This will be the first meeting between Harvard and Bryant.

Best of Beantown
Harvard has exerted its will in contests against the other three Boston schools since the inaugural season in 1973-74. The Crimson holds a 32-10 mark against Boston College, a 33-6 lead against Boston University, and a 2-0 record over MIT.

Nearing 100
Head coach Traci Green is just three wins away from tallying 100 career victories. Green is the second winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 97 wins. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.

Lucky 7's
Four members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu and Erica Oosterhout. Lee boasts a 3-0 record in the first position, while Lu and Gonzalez hold 12-10 and 9-10 records, respectively.  Oosterhout has posted a 8-5 mark, including a 5-2 mark in the first position, most recently besting Boston University's Iryna Kostirko 6-0, 6-3 on Feb. 25.

Flourishing in First
The Crimson posts a 8-2 overall record in first position. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 3-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds a 5-2 mark in the spot.

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.

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 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 96 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 conclude its 10-game home stay, hosting Stony Brook and Providence on March 11 before traveling to the west coast for a series of matches March 15-18.