Harvard vs. No. 44 Dartmouth
Erica Oosterhout boasts a 13-7 overall record this season (Gil Talbot).
Last Time Out
The women's tennis team's eight-match win streak was cut short against No. 41 William & Mary. Although the Crimson was able to earn three singles wins, Harvard (12-6, 0-0 Ivy) fell to the Tribe, 4-3. June Lee earned her seventh-consecutive win in the second position, downing Marie Faure, 6-3, 6-2. Natasha Gonzalzez saw action in the fifth position, securing a win against Lauren Goodman, 6-4, 6-2. Xiong earned her sixth victory of the season in the sixth slot, downing Maria Groener 6-3, 6-2.
The Crimson has won eight of their past nine matches, 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 No. 44 Dartmouth
The Big Green started off their season with seven-consecutive wins. Dartmouth secured wins against Boston University, Boston College, Purdue, Minnesota, Washington State, Brown and Columbia. Dartmouth recently split a pair of matches against Long Beach State and Denver, posting 4-3 and 3-4 records, respectively. The Big Green will rely on efforts from captain Taylor Ng, who has gone 5-3 in the first position this season.
Harvard leads Dartmouth in the all-time series, 31-12, falling 5-2 in the most recent meeting on April 23, 2016.
Entering Ivy play with 12 wins, Harvard is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season. Dartmouth and Harvard hold the best overall records amongst the Ivy League with 12-2 and 12-6 marks, respectively.
Freshmen Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez have clinched a 10-3 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 13-9, while Lu stands at 13-12. June Lee and Erica Oosterhout improved to an 13-8 overall record in doubles, winning three of the past four 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 in the duals against Stony Brook and Providence. Green is the second-winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 104 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.
Four members of the Crimson have tallied 10 wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu and Erica Oosterhout. Lee boasts a 4-0 record in the first position, while Lu and Gonzalez hold 15-12 and 13-12 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 13-7 mark, including a 10-4 mark in the first position. Her most recent win was against Palina Dubavets of UC Santa Barbara, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, on March 18.
The Crimson has posted a 14-4 overall record in first position. The .778 winning percentage is the team's 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 3-2 this season. Four additional pairs have posted winning marks this season, assisting the Crimson to an 8-6 mark in the third position.
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.
Harvard will continue on in Ivy League action, traveling to Providence to face Brown on April 7 at 2 p.m.