Natasha Gonzalez boasts a 13-9 record in doubles action (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team will travel to Providence to face Brown on Friday, April 7 at 2 p.m. and return home to host Yale on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. The duals against the Bulldogs will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's tennis team kicked off Ivy League action this past weekend against No. 44 Dartmouth. The Crimson (13-6, 1-0 Ivy) pushed past the Big Green (12-3, 0-1 Ivy), 4-3. Oosterhout clinched the set point for the Crimson during the Sunday afternoon battle, facing Taylor Ng in the first position. Oosterhout dropped the first set, but caught up with a 6-3 win in the second stanza. Oosterhout and Ng battled to a 7-5 decision in the tie-breaker.
April 2, 2017
The Crimson has won nine of their past ten matches, posting winning marks against Boston University, St. John's, Bryant, St. John's, Providence, Texas State, Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara and Dartmouth in the past five weeks. Freshman Irene Lu and senior June Lee lead Harvard with 16-12 and 19-13 records, respectively. Erica Oosterhout holds a 14-7 mark this season, including an 11-4 mark in the first position. Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold a 10-4 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout post a 13-9 mark.
The Bears started off their season winning six of eight matches. Brown secured wins against Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Harvard, Boston College, Syracuse and Stony Brook. Brown recently split a pair of matches against UC Irvine and Long Beach State, posting 6-1 and 2-5 records, respectively. The Bears will rely on efforts from junior Alyza Benotto, who has gone 10-3 in the this season between the first and second positions.
Harvard leads Brown in the all-time series, 34-10, falling 4-1 in the most recent meeting at the ECAC Championships February 12.
The Bulldogs started off their season with seven consecutive losses, but have battled back to a 7-10 overall mark. Yale has secured wins against Massachusetts, Quinnipiac, Fairfield, Connecticut, San Diego State, Boston University and Stony Brook. Yale opened up Ivy League action against Brown, falling 4-3 to the Bears. The Bulldogs will rely on efforts from junior Carol Finke, who has won the past two matches.
Harvard leads Yale in the all-time series, 26-21 winning 6-1 in the most recent meeting, April 15, 2016.
Heading into its second and third Ivy matchups, Harvard is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season. Harvard clinched its first Ivy win of the season against No. 44 Dartmouth this past weekend, and currently leads the league with a 13-6 overall record and a 1-0 record in Ivy play.
Freshmen Irene Lu and Natasha Gonzalez have clinched a 10-4 record in doubles this season, most recently downing Jaimee Gilbertson and Natalie Da Silveira of UC Santa Barbara in the second slot, 7-5. Gonzalez paces the Crimson with an overall doubles mark of 13-9, while Lu stands at 13-12. June Lee and Erica Oosterhout improved to an 13-8 overall record in doubles, winning three of the past four duals.
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.
Triple Digit Wins
Head coach Traci Green tallied her 100th and 101st career victories in the duals against Stony Brook and Providence. Green is the second-winningest coach in Harvard women's tennis history with 105 wins and is the second coach in Harvard women's tennis history to earn triple-digit victories. Gordan Graham holds the record with 239 wins over his 17-year tenure.
Four members of the Crimson have tallied 10 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 16-12 and 14-12 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 14-7 mark, including an 11-4 mark in the first position. Her most recent win was against Taylor Ng of No. 44 Dartmouth, with set scores of 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Flourishing in First
The Crimson has posted a 15-4 overall record in first position. The .789 winning percentage is the team's best in the first position since the 2009-10 season, where Holly Cao posted a 15-4 record. June Lee sits undefeated in the slot, going 4-0 earlier this season, while Erica Oosterhout adds an 11-3 mark in the spot.
Clinching the Point
The third pair in doubles has been essential for the Crimson in the past three matches. Currently, Annika Ringblom and Sabrina Xiong post the winningest record in the slot, going 3-2 this season. Four additional pairs have posted winning marks this season, assisting the Crimson to an 8-6 mark in the third position.
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 105 wins, including Harvard's 18th Ivy League title in 2009.
Green is joined by assistant coach Andrew Laing and volunteer assistant coach Debbie Goldfine.
Harvard will continue on in Ivy League action, traveling to New York to face Columbia and Cornell on April 14-15.