Women’s Tennis Opens Fall Season at Columbia Invitational

The eight team field for the Columbia Fall Invitational
The eight team field for the Columbia Fall Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis begins their 2019 fall season with the Columbia Invitational in New York, N.Y.

Representatives from eight schools will compete in six flights of singles play and three flights of doubles play. Each draw will feature a double-elimination-style tournament. Singles matches will play two sets with a 10-point tiebreak instead of third set. Doubles matches will be played in a one-set, six-game format. Harvard will see opponents from Columbia, St. John's, Hofstra, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Colgate, Fordham, and Long Island University.

The Crimson will send eight student-athletes to compete against the field. Jenna Friedel, Rachel Eason, Mihaela Marculescu, Rachel Lim, Sophia Ho and Demi Snyder will represent the Crimson in the tournament.

Where: The Dick Savitt Tennis Center - New York, N.Y.
When: September 13-15 – 9 a.m. start time all days.
Follow: Twitter - @HarvardWTennis | Instagram - @HarvardWomensTennis

What to Know

  • Seniors Lexi Milunovich and Natasha Gonzalez have been named the captains for the 2019-20 season.
  • The Crimson finished the season with 17 wins in 2018-19, good for a second-place finish in the Ivy League.
  • The women's tennis team returns their top-five wins leaders from a season ago.
  • Irene Lu ended the season with an eight-match win streak.
  • Friedel finished with a 15-3 overall record in 2018-19, earning second-team all-Ivy honors. 

Leading the Way
Traci Green, the Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis, begins her 13th season at the helm of the Crimson. Green returns a veteran team that played a pivotal role in helping Harvard  to a 17-win season and a second-place finish in the Ivy League a season ago. Currently at 140 wins in her career, Green has the second most wins in team history for a head coach.

Next Up
The Harvard Fall Classic will be held next weekend at the Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson will compete against student-athletes representing Boston University, Boston College, Buffalo, Brown, Dartmouth and Rhode Island. The event will start Friday morning and conclude Sunday afternoon.