CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off its most Ivy League wins since the 2009-10 campaign, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis, Traci Green announces her incoming class of 2022.
"I am very excited to welcome these four outstanding student-athletes to our Harvard women's tennis family," says Green. "They are a great fit for our team culture and I know they will work hard to contribute to the success of the program both on and off the court."
Bringing additional talent to a veteran women's tennis team in 2018-19, the incoming class of four, represents three states.
Annika Bassey | Denver, Colo. | Corona Del Mar High School (Calif.)
All Pacific Coast League first team selection in 2017 … Named to the All County first team in 2017 … Was selected as an Orange County Register Player of the Week … Secured the first CIF Southern Section Division I title since 2006 in 2017 … Won the CIF/USTA Southern California Regional Championship with an undefeated season … Earned the Coaches Award … National Merit Scholar … Member of the YMCA Youth in Government … Won "Most Feasible Proposal in the National Issues Commission" and "Most Valuable Delegate" … Mentored and tutored homeless children in Wheels Organization … Brother, Justin, is a rising junior on the Harvard men's basketball team.
Rachel Eason | Union City, Calif. | James Logan High School
Rated as a five-star recruit on tennisrecruitng.net, she was ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation in 2017 … USTA G16s National Selection singles finalist and champion … USTA G18s Regionals singles champion and finalist … Won the 2015 and 2016 USTA G18s Sectional Championships … Ranked No. 1 in singles in G12s, G14s, G16s, and G18s in NorCal section … President of Spotless campus … Finished third at USTA G16s Easter Bowl … USTA G16s National Courts and Clay Courts quarterfinalist … Volunteered at Aegis Senior Center, Tri-City free breakfast program, and homeless shelters.
Rachel Lim | Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. | Briarcliff High School
A blue-chip recruit on tennisrecruiting.net … Competed for the United States at the G14 World Junior Qualifying and Finals in Montreal, Canada and Prostejov, Czech Republic, respectively, in 2014, and the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament in Roland Garros, France in 2012 … Won the G14 Easter Bowl Championship in 2014 … Grade 4 ITF doubles winner in Jalisco, Mexico in 2015 … Grade 3 ITF singles finalist in Queretaro, Mexico in 2015 … Quarterfinalist of G16 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship in singles and doubles ... Finished sixth in G16 and G18 USTA National Clay Court Championships ... Five-time national open singles champion and four time national open singles finalist (2011-2018) ... Gold ball winner in G18 USTA National Indoor Championships in doubles in 2017 … Silver ball winner in doubles USTA National Women's Indoor Open in 2016 … Bronze ball winner in singles USTA National Women's Indoor Open in 2015 … Ranked No. 1 in Eastern section … Winner of multiple sectional singles and doubles titles ... Represented Eastern Section in G16 Intersectional Competition in Shreveport, LA (2014-15) … Represented Eastern Section in G18 National Team Championships in Claremont, CA (2015-17) … Honored at the Eastern Junior Awards Gala during U.S. Open in Flushing, NY … National Honors Society … AP Scholar Award … Recipient of 2017 United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Chelsea Williams | Brooklyn, N.Y. | Brooklyn Technical High School
A five-star recruiting according to tennisrecruiting.net … Ranked No. 6 in New York … Led team to PSAL championships for first time in 15 years in 2017 … Team MVP … Ranked in the USTA Top-10 sectionally … National Open Level 2 Finalist … Five-time USTA top-10 Eastern Section ranking (G10s, G12s, G14s, G16s, G18s) … Won sectional doubles in G14s and G16s … Trained at John McEnroe Tennis Academy from 2010-2016 and Robbie Wagners Tournament Training from 2016-2018 … Tennis instructor and mentor to underprivileged youth in New York … Sister, Brianna, is a rising junior for Columbia women's tennis.