Lee paces the Crimson with a 20-14 overall record (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's tennis team travels to New York to face Columbia and Cornell in a pair of contests April 14-15. The Crimson will face the Lions Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. and the Big Red Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
Harvard clinched its second and third Ivy League wins over the weekend against Brown and Yale. The Crimson snuck past the Bears, 4-3, with senior June Lee clinching the match point. The Crimson team toppled Yale, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Beren Tennis Center. The Crimson moved to 15-6 overall, with June Lee and Erica Oosterhout boasting 8-1 and 9-1 records over the past 10 matches.
The Crimson has won nine of their past ten matches, including a 3-0 mark against Ivy opponents. Freshman Irene Lu and senior June Lee lead Harvard with 17-13 and 20-14 records, respectively. Erica Oosterhout holds a 16-7 mark this season, including an 13-4 mark in the first position. Natasha Gonzalez and Lu hold a 10-4 record in doubles play, while Lee and Oosterhout boasts a 13-9 mark.
The Lions started their season with a 1-6, but have won four of the past 10 matches. Columbia recently split a pair of matches against Cornell and Penn, posting 4-3 and 3-4 records, respectively. The Lions hold a 5-12 overall record, and are tied at fifth place in the Ivy League, with a 1-2 conference mark. Columbia will rely on efforts from junior Alex Solovyev, who has gone 4-6 this season at the first position.
Harvard leads Columbia in the all-time series, 26-6, falling 3-4 in the most recent meeting April 17, 2016.
The Big Red started off their season with a 2-6 record, but have battled back to a 12-5 overall mark. Cornell is tied for third place in the Ivy standings with a 2-1 mark, posting wins against Princeton and Columbia. The Big Red will rely on efforts from senior Marika Cusick, who boasts a 10-4 record in the first position.
Harvard leads Cornell in the all-time series, 36-4, winning 4-3 in the most recent meeting at the ECAC Championships, February 11.
Moving on Up
In the most recent ITA Rankings, Harvard moved into the top 50 in the country. This is the first time that the team has been ranked in the top 50 since the 2014-15 season, where Harvard ranked at No. 35 on February 25.
Harvard is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season in both Ivy and overall records. Harvard sits alone at the top of the Ivy standings with a 3-0 record. Harvard clinched its first Ivy win of the season against No. 44 Dartmouth, securing its second and third wins against Brown and Yale this past weekend. Harvard currently leads the league with a 15-6 overall record.
June Lee and Erica Oosterhout have clinched a 14-9 record in doubles this season, most recently downing Tina Jiang and Elizabeth Zordani of Yale in the first slot, 6-0. Oosterhout paces the Crimson with an overall doubles mark of 17-12, while Lee stands at 17-16. Annika Ringblom and Sabrina Xiong improved to an 6-4 overall record in doubles, winning two of the past three 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 107 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 17-13 and 15-13 records, respectively. Oosterhout has posted a 16-7 mark, including an 13-4 mark in the first position. Oosterhout is on a three-match win streak, most recently besting Carol Finke of Yale, 7-5, 6-1.
Flourishing in First
The Crimson has posted a 17-4 overall record at the first position. The .810 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 13-4 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 6-4 this season. Four additional pairs have posted winning marks this season, assisting the Crimson to an 10-6 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 107 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 close out its regular season by hosting Princeton and Penn April 22 and 23. The duals will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, and are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.