No. 53 Women’s Tennis Concludes Regular Season at Dartmouth Saturday
He is 5-1 in Ivy play this spring (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 53rd-seeded Harvard women's tennis team will look to finish above .500 in the Ivy League play for the sixth consecutive season when it travels to Dartmouth Saturday, April 26 for its final match of the year. The Crimson and the Big Green are set to clash at the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion at 12 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.
About No. 53 Harvard
With one match remaining, the Crimson has split its four weekends of Ancient Eight action to sit in a tie for fourth place with Dartmouth (3-3).
Sophomore Amy He leads Harvard in Ivy play with a 5-1 record at the fourth spot and holds a 10-4 record in dual action. Monica Lin, meanwhile, continues to be a dominant force at No. 2 with a 13-4 mark in dual action while Amanda Lin, who has predominately in the sixth position, holds a 13-4. Rookie Spencer Liang has played exclusively as Harvard's ace this season and is 7-8 in the dual season.
In doubles action, the sophomore tandem of He and A. Lin lead the way for the Crimson with a 10-2 dual mark and 3-1 in Ancient Eight action on the third court.
The Big Green (7-9, 3-3 Ivy League) snapped a two-match skid Sunday as it downed Brown in Providence, R.I. Dartmouth picked up the doubles point by winning two of the three matches and went on to take the top five singles matches for a 5-2 victory. Katherine Yu has played as the Big Green's ace in every Ancient Eight match this season and owns a 3-3 record in Ivy play.
The Series with the Big Green
Harvard holds a 31-9 advantage over Dartmouth in the all-time series that dates back to 1976. The Crimson has won four of the last five meetings, including a 6-1 win in Cambridge last season.
Related Link: Senior Co-Captains Lead Women's Tennis Past Dartmouth, 6-1
In the Rankings
After upsetting then-No. 11 Clemson Feb. 21, Harvard earned its highest ranking of the season in the ITA College Tennis Rankings as the Crimson were seeded 35th Feb. 25. Currently, Harvard sits 53rd in the latest national poll released April 22. 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. 69.
Related Link: ITA Rankings
Last Time Out
Harvard fell to No. 49 Yale April 20 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
After an intense battle in the doubles competition, the Crimson fell behind 1-0 to the Bulldogs. Yale picked up three straight victories in singles action to seal its win. With the win already clinched for the Bulldogs, the Crimson rattled off two victories. Monic Lin downed Madeleine Hamilton, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, on the second court and Amy He swept Ree Ree Li, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4.
Related Link: No. 47 Women's Tennis Upset by No. 49 Yale
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 63 singles victories, including 29 in dual action, which is .553 percent (63-114) of the Crimson's wins. On the singles court, Monica Lin leads the four-pack with a 25-8 record.
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.