Harvard vs. Princeton
Harvard vs. Penn
Annika Ringblom is on a two-match win streak (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Preparing for a pivotal weekend, the No. 49 women's tennis team will conclude its regular season by hosting Princeton and Penn this weekend. The contest against Princeton will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. and Penn on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Harvard has an opportunity to clinch the Ivy League title by winning both matches this weekend, and a chance to share the title by winning one of two duals.
The No. 49 Harvard women's tennis team split a pair of Ivy contests last weekend, winning 4-3 against Columbia on Friday and falling short to Cornell, 4-3, on Saturday. Annika Ringblom bested Columbia's Adi Milstein and broke the tiebreaker against Cornell's Madison Stevens. June Lee earned her 21st and 22nd wins of the season, defeating Columbia's Andrea Kevakian and Cornell's Alexandra D'Ascenzo.
The Crimson has won eight of their past ten matches, including a 4-1 mark against Ivy opponents. Senior June Lee leads Harvard with a 22-14 overall record, while Erica Oosterhout holds a 16-9 mark this season, including an 13-6 mark in the first position. Natasha Gonzalez and Irene Lu hold a 10-4 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout boasts a 15-9 mark.
The Tigers currently boast a 13-7 overall record and are tied with the Crimson at the top of the Ivy League standings, going 4-1 in conference play. Winning four of their past five matches, the Tigers will seek their third-consecutive conference championship. Leading the way for Princeton is Gabby Pollner, who boasts a 6-0 record in the sixth position, going 10-6 overall. Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn hold a 15-8 overall record in doubles, including a 10-3 mark in the first slot.
Harvard leads Princeton in the all-time series, 24-18, winning 4-3 in the most recent meeting April 10, 2016.
The Quakers sit in a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League standings, recording a 3-2 conference record, and a 10-8 overall mark. Senior Kana Daniel paces the Quakers with an 18-10 overall mark, including a 9-6 record in the first position. The doubles pair of Marta Kowalska and Luba Vazhenina lead the way for Penn, recording 13 wins this season.
Harvard leads Penn in the all-time series, 30-11, falling short in the last meeting, 4-3, on April 9, 2016.
Moving on Up
In the most recent ITA Rankings, Harvard moved into the top-50 in the country. This is the first time that the team has been ranked in the top 50 since the 2014-15 season, where Harvard ranked at No. 35 on February 25.
Harvard boasts its best record since the 2009-10 season in both Ivy and overall marks. Harvard sits with Princeton at the top of the Ivy standings with 4-1 records. Harvard clinched its first Ivy win of the season against No. 44 Dartmouth, securing its second and third wins against Brown and Yale. The Crimson earned its fourth Ivy victory of the season against Columbia. Harvard currently leads the league with a 16-7 overall record.
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 109 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 15 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 18-14 and 15-13 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 16-9 mark, including an 13-6 mark in the first position.
Flourishing in First
The Crimson has posted a 17-6 overall record at the first position. The .739 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 13-6 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 7-4 this season. Four additional pairs have posted winning marks this season, assisting the Crimson to a 10-7 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 109 wins, including Harvard's 18th Ivy League title in 2009.
Green is joined by assistant coach Andrew Laing and volunteer assistant coach Debbie Goldfine.