Harvard vs. No. 41 William & Mary
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After sweeping all three contests on the west coast, Harvard women's tennis returns home to host No. 41 William & Mary on Sunday, March 26. The match will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's tennis team (12-5) earned a 5-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara on March 18. The Crimson clinched its eighth-consecutive win this season, the longest since the Crimson won eight straight in 2006 from April 7-26.
The Crimson is on an eight-match win streak, posting winning marks against Boston University, St. John's, Bryant, St. John's, Providence, Texas State, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara in the past five weeks. Freshman Irene Lu and sophomore Erica Oosterhout lead Harvard with 15-11 and 13-6 records, respectively. June Lee has 17 wins this season, including a 4-0 mark in the first position. Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold a 10-2 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout post a 12-8 mark.
Scouting William & Mary
The Tribe started off their season with matches against Richmond, Elon and Duke. William & Mary recently split a pair of matches against Notre Dame and James Madison, posting 2-5 and 6-1 records, respectively. The Tribe will rely on efforts from Ekaterina Stepanova, who has gone 12-8 this season, including a 7-4 mark in first position.
Harvard trails William & Mary in the all-time series, 22-7, falling 5-2 in the most recent meeting on February 27, 2016.
Freshmen Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez have clinched an 10-2 record in doubles this season, most recently downing Jaimee Gilbertson and Natalie Da Silveira of UC Santa Barbara in the second slot, 7-5. Gonzalez paces the Crimson with an overall doubles mark of 13-8, while Lu stands at 13-11. June Lee and Erica Oosterhout improved to an 12-8 overall record in doubles, winning two of the past three duals.
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.
Triple Digit Wins
Head coach Traci Green tallied her 100th and 101st career victories over this past weekend. Green is the second-winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 101 wins and is the second coach in Harvard women's tennis history to earn triple-digit victories. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
Five members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu, Erica Oosterhout and Annika Ringblom. Lee boasts a 4-0 record in the first position, while Lu and Gonzalez hold 15-11 and 12-12 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 13-6 mark, including a 10-3 mark in the first position, most recently besting Palina Dubavets of UC Santa Barbara, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, on March 18.
Flourishing in First
The Crimson has posted a 14-3 overall record in first position. The 82.4 winning percentage is the best in the first position since the 2009-10 season, where Holly Cao posted a 15-4 record. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 4-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds a 10-3 mark in the spot.
Clinching the Point
The third pair in doubles has been essential for the Crimson in the past three matches. Currently, Annika Ringblom and Sabrina Xiong post the winningest record in the slot, going 3-1 this season. Four additional pairs have posted winning marks this season, assisting the Crimson to an 8-5 mark in the third position.
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 10th 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 104 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.
Harvard will open Ivy League play next weekend, hosting Dartmouth on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The match will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.