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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

Women’s Tennis Closes 10-Match Homestand, Faces Stony Brook, Providence

The Crimson boasts a 7-1 record at home (Gil Talbot).  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – With head coach Traci Green's 100th win on the line, Harvard women's tennis will host Stony Brook and Providence Saturday, March 11. The first serve against Stony Brook is set for 12 p.m. and Providence at 4 p.m. The duals will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's tennis team (7-5, 0-0 Ivy) secured a 4-3 win over St. John's and a 4-0 victory against Bryant on March 4 at the Murr Center. First up in the double-header, Harvard faced St. John's. Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez clinched the set point against Zofia Stanisz and Olaya Inclan Solis in the second position, 7-5. Freshman Jenna Friedel stepped up for the Crimson in the third position, downing Elgegren in the first set, 6-2. Elgegren fought back in the second set, tallying a 7-6 win, but Friedel sunk her in the tiebreaker, 6-2.
 
In the match against Bryant, Irene Lu faced Luiggi in the third slot, taking the first set 6-0. Lu powered through to a 6-1 decision in the second set. Lu leads the Crimson with a 14-10 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in the last 10 matches. Gonzalez faced Brown in the fourth slot, finishing with a 6-0, 6-3 decision to finalize the point.

Recap: Women's Tennis vs St. John's & Bryant, W, 4-3, 4-0
Mar 6, 2017

March 4, 2017


Scouting Harvard
The Crimson is on a three-match win streak, posting winning marks against Boston University, St. John's and Bryant in the past two weeks. Freshman Irene Lu and sophomore Erica Oosterhout lead Harvard with 14-10 and 8-6 records, respectively. June Lee has 12 wins this season, including a 4-0 mark in the first position.  Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold an 8-2 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout post a 9-7 mark. 
 
Scouting Stony Brook
The Sea Wolves started off their season with matches against Army, Connecticut and Lehigh. Stony Brook has most recently recorded wins against Binghamton and Bryant, posting 7-0 and 6-1 marks, respectively. The Seawolves will rely on efforts from Elizabeth Tsvetkov, who has gone 11-4 this season, including a 7-3 mark in first position.  
 
Harvard leads Stony Brook in its all-time series 1-0, outlasting the Sea Wolves, 5-2, in its last meeting on March 6, 2015.
 
Scouting Providence
The Friars began their 2017 campaign against Saint Peter's, securing a 6-1 victory. Providence has also seen action against Siena, Marist, Army and NJIT this season. Most recently, the Friars competed in Orlando, Florida against South Dakota, Western Carolina, and Creighton, but was unable to get a win at the open, falling to a 1-7 overall record. 
 
Harvard leads Providence in its all-time the series, 2-0, besting the Friars 7-0 in its last meeting March 13, 2016.
 
Prominent Pair
Freshmen Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez have clinched an 8-2 record in doubles this season, most recently downing Ashanti Campfield and Nina Luiggi of Bryant in the second slot, 6-0. Gonzalez paces the Crimson with an overall doubles mark of 11-7, while Lu stands at 11-11. 
 
Best of Beantown
Harvard has exerted its will in contests against the other three Boston schools since the inaugural season in 1973-74. The Crimson holds a 32-10 mark against Boston College, a 33-6 lead against Boston University and a 2-0 record over MIT.
 
Nearing 100
Head coach Traci Green is just one wins away from tallying 100 career victories. Green is the second-winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 99 wins. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
 
Lucky 7's
Four members of the Crimson have tallied seven wins or more over the season: Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu and Erica Oosterhout. Lee boasts a 4-0 record in the first position, while Lu and Gonzalez hold 13-10 and 10-11 records, respectively.  Oosterhout has posted a 8-6 mark, including a 5-3 mark in the first position, most recently besting Boston University's Iryna Kostirko 6-0, 6-3 on Feb. 25.
 
Flourishing in First
The Crimson posts a 8-2 overall record in first position. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 3-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds a 5-2 mark in the spot.
 
Back in Crimson
Sophomores Isabel Jasper, Erica Oosterhout, and Sabrina Xiong, junior Annika Ringblom, and senior June Lee return from the 2015-16 squad that went 12-11 overall. Xiong enters the season after posting a 14-10 overall record, with a 3-4 mark in conference play. Xiong was also recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by the ITA.
 
Fresh Faces
The Harvard women's tennis team has seven new members for the 2016-17 season: Nika Besker, Jenna Friedel, Natasha Gonzalez, Irene Lu, Lexi Milunovich, Kaelli Thiel and Angelina Ye. The group of seven joins the Crimson from five states and Croatia.
 
On the Sidelines
The head coach for Harvard women's tennis is Traci Green. Green is in her 10th season in 2016-17. Green is just the eighth person to serve as Harvard's women's tennis coach and has assisted the Crimson to 99 wins, including Harvard's 18th Ivy League title in 2009.
 
Green is joined by assistant coach Andrew Laing and volunteer assistant coach Debbie Goldfine.

Aye, Aye Captain
Senior June Lee was chosen to be the team's captain for the 2016-17 academic year. Lee is the 54th captain in program history. 

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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 Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
 
Going West
Harvard will travel to the West Coast for a series of matches March 15-18. Harvard will play Texas State at the Knollwood Club in Santa Barabara on March 15 at noon. The Crimson will also face Cal State Northridge at the Knollwood Club on March 15 at 3 p.m., and play UC Santa Barbara on March 18 at 2 p.m.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS