Women's Tennis Closes Fall Season with Harvard Invitational on Friday

Women's Tennis Closes Fall Season with Harvard Invitational on Friday

Matchup              Harvard Fall Invitational
Nov. 3-5, 2017         
All Day
Video                            Ivy League Network
Venue                                        Murr Center


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis program closes out the fall season with the six-team, Harvard Fall Invitational beginning on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Murr Center.

Amongst the teams competing are Boston University, Middle Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

Friday, Nov. 3
Matches begin at 10 a.m.
Harvard plays at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Nov. 4
Matches begin at 9:30 a.m.
Harvard plays at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Sunday, Nov. 5
Matches begin at 9:30 a.m.
Harvard plays at 3 p.m.  

Last Time Out
Harvard sent four members of the team to the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Penn, on Oct. 18-23. Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li advanced to the doubles semifinals after defeating two pairs of Ivy League opponents. Sophomore Irene Lu advanced to the singles quarterfinals, following a two-set, 6-1, 6-4, win over Columbia.

In the Rankings
Lexi Milunovich climbed to No. 111 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings (Jan. 4) last year. Milunovich finished the season with a 7-6 singles record, including a perfect 5-0 tour mark.

Last Year
Harvard finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 48 in the Oracle/ITA poll (May 24) with a 17-8 record, including a 5-2 mark in Ivy League play. Over a six-week period between Feb. 25 and April 14 the Crimson was 12-1 with League wins over No. 44 Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia.   

Scouting Harvard
Harvard is 54-25 in singles and 26-16 in doubles during the fall season. Junior Erica Oosterhout, who represented the Crimson at ITA Qualifiers, is 7-1 in singles, while freshman Neha Gupta has an unblemished 8-0 singles mark. Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li lead Harvard with a 7-1 record in doubles.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are coming off the ITA Regional Championship at Penn. on Oct. 18-23. Freshman Emily Kim advanced to the quarterfinals, dominating Providence's Risa Takenaka, 6-0, 6-1, before defeating Columbia's Christy Wan. Kim currently leads the Terriers with a 6-3 singles record.

Scouting Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is coming off the TCU Fall Invitational on Oct. 27-29. Luisa Zirilli and Maria Josefina Zehnder won the Flight 3 Doubles title by defeating, host, No. 28 TCU, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 40 Rice. Lidia Burrows leads the Raiders with 11 singles wins, while is a 14-6 in doubles this season with Costanza Magazzini.

Scouting Pittsburgh
The Panthers are coming off the ITA Atlantic Regional Championships at Virginia Tech on Oct. 13-17. Freshman Claudia Bartolome competed in the main draw and took the first set against Maryland's Eva Alexandrova, but was unable to hold on for the victory, falling 6-2, 2-6, 2-6.

Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse is coming off the ITA Regional Championships at Penn on Oct. 18-23. Junior Gabriela Knutson won the singles title, defeating Princeton's Stephanie Schrage in two sets, 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Miranda Ramirez advanced to the singles semifinals, before falling to Schrage in three sets.

Scouting Wisconsin
Wisconsin is coming off the Vanderbilt Fall Classic on Oct. 27-29. Freshman MaryAnn Rompf and sophomore Michelle Linden picked up the lone single victories at Vanderbilt. Rompf defeated William & Mary's Olivia Thaler, 6-2, 6-2, while Linden knocked off Cifily Wuenscher in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (7).

ITA All-Academic Team
Six members of the 2016-2017 Harvard women's tennis team was recognized by the International Tennis Association (ITA). Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene LuLexi MilunovichAnnika Ringblom and Sabrina earned All-Academic Team honors with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Full ITA All-Academic Team Announcement

Meet the Freshman
The Harvard women's tennis class of 2021 includes Neha Gupta (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks), Jenna Moustafa (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake), Lia Kiam (New York, N.Y./Nightingale-Bamford) and Anna Li (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny).

Full Women's Tennis Class of 2021 Announcement

Leading the Way
Traci Green, the Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard women's tennis, enters her 11th season as the second winningest coach in Crimson women's tennis history with a 109-94 record. Last season she guided Harvard to a 17-8 overall record, including a 5-2 Ivy League record as well as picked up her 100th and 101st career victories in duals against Stony Brook and Providence. 

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! 

What's Next?
Harvard is off until January when it will begin the spring season on Jan. 19 at Howard.