No. 36 Columbia, Cornell Visit No. 39 Women’s Tennis to Begin Ivy League Play
The Crimson has not lost to the Lions or Big Red in Cambridge (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 39 Harvard women's tennis team will kick off its Ivy League schedule this weekend when it welcomes No. 36 Columbia and Cornell to Cambridge. The Crimson entertains the Lions Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m., and hosts the Big Red Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, six of Harvard's nine home matches will be streamed in HD quality through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and on-demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and on-demand content for all Harvard athletic events through the duration of their subscription.
Last Time Out
In its non-conference finale, then-No. 50 Harvard upset then-No. 27 Houston, 4-3, at the Murr Center March 30.
The win marked the Crimson's fourth over a ranked opponent this season and improved Harvard to 8-4 on the season.
To open the match, Harvard took the first two doubles contests to gain a 1-0 lead. The edge was short-lived, however, as the Crimson fell behind, 2-1, after Spencer Liang and Monica Lin dropped singles matches on courts one and two, respectively. Amy He tied the match with the Crimson's first singles win in the fourth spot and Amanda Lin's sixth position victory regained the lead for the hosts and put the Crimson within one point of victory. Hannah Morrill's triumph at No. 5 was the deciding factor and secured the win for Harvard.
About No. 39 Harvard
For the second straight season, Harvard concluded non-conference action with an 8-4 record.
Monica Lin has paced the Crimson's singles players throughout the season, as the freshman boasts a 10-1 mark in dual action, all at the second spot. Classmates Spencer Liang and June Lee each sit at 6-3 on court one and court three, respectively.
Harvard's sophomore tandem of Amy He and Amanda Lin lead the Crimson pairs on the doubles court with a 7-1 record in dual action.
Scouting No. 36 Columbia
The Lions (12-2, 1-0 Ivy League) enter the weekend on an eight-match win streak including a 6-1 victory in its league opener against Cornell. Tina Juang remains undefeated on the singles court for the Lions, while two doubles teams appear in the ITA rankings. Bianca Sanon and Kankia Vaidya hold the No. 14 spot, while Juang and Crystal Leung sit at No. 30.
The Series with the Lions
The Crimson has a 26-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Lions. Harvard's 19-match win streak against Columbia, which dates back to 1993, was snapped last season in New York, 4-3. At home, Harvard is 14-0 against the Lions.
Cornell (7-4, 0-1 Ivy League), who faces Dartmouth Friday, opened up its conference schedule with a 6-1 loss to then-No. 33 Columbia last weekend. Marika Cusick boasts the best record in singles for the Big Red, as the senior brings a 9-2 mark to Cambridge. Dena Tanenbaum is Cornell's top player and has gone 6-5 during the dual season at the No. 1 singles position.
The duo of Shannon Comolli and Cusik lead the Big Red in doubles action with a 5-1 mark on court one.
The Series with the Big Read
Harvard leads the all-time series against Cornell, 35-1. The Crimson has won the last nine meetings between the two schools dating back to 2008, including a 6-1 win last season in Ithaca, N.Y. In Cambridge, Harvard boasts a perfect 15-0 record against the Big Red.
Related Link: Harvard Women's Tennis Storms Past Cornell, 6-1
In the Rankings
After upsetting then-No. 11 Clemson, Harvard earned its highest ranking of the season in the ITA College Tennis Rankings as the Crimson were seeded 35th Feb. 25. After dropping two consecutive matches Harvard has slipped down to No. 50, but moved back to the 39th seed after upsetting Houston in its non-conference finale March 30. The Crimson debuted on the initial national poll seeded 68th Jan. 2. Freshman duo Spencer Liang and Monica Lin represent the Crimson on the doubles list at No. 57.
Related Link: ITA Rankings
Out of the Ivy Gates
Harvard has won its Ivy League opener in eight of the last 10 seasons with five of the wins coming against Cornell and three against Columbia. The Crimson holds a 29-2 all-time record in its first match against an Ivy opponent and is 5-2 in the Traci Green era.
Crimson Colored Ivy
Since women's tennis joined the Ivy League in 1979, Harvard has captured the most Ancient Eight crowns. The Crimson owns a conference-best 18 Ivy titles and 14 outright.
Fantastic Freshman Foursome
According to TennisRecruiting.net, head coach Traci Green welcomed the fourth best recruiting class in the nation to Cambridge this year. The quartet has competed to its potential, as the rookies have accumulated 57 singles victories, including 23 in dual action, which is .594 percent (57-96) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 22-5 record.
Protecting Home Court
The Crimson has competed in 308 matches at home to boast a 238-70 (.773) all-time record in Cambridge. Harvard has ousted 42 of its 75 foes at home including Ivy League rivals Columbia and Cornell.
Since women's tennis began at Harvard in 1973-74 the Crimson has competed against 137 opponents. Harvard has not dropped a match to 52 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against .380 percent of its all-time foes. This season the Crimson remained unbeaten against Cal State Northridge, Houston, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island.
100 Wins on the Wall
With the Crimson's 6-1 victory over Syracuse Feb. 9, Traci Green, the head coach of Harvard's women's tennis, collected her 100th-career victory. Green is now 104-87 all-time including a 70-59 mark at the helm of the Crimson.
For the second consecutive season, the Crimson posted a shutout in the first match of the season when it blanked Missouri, 4-0, in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Jan. 25. The season-opening clean sheet marks the 14th in Harvard history.
Harvard continues its Ivy League slate next weekend when it travels to Penn and Princeton. The Crimson meet the Tigers Friday, April 12 at 12 p.m., and take on the Quakers Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m.