Women's Tennis Opens Season With The Harvard Fall Classic

Women's Tennis Opens Season With The Harvard Fall Classic

Matchup                     Harvard Fall Classic
Sept. 22 - 24, 2017         
All Day
Venue                          Beren Tennis Center

The Crimson opens 2017-2018 with the Harvard Fall Classic on Friday (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team begins its fall season this weekend with the eight-team, Harvard Fall Classic at the Beren Tennis Center.

Amongst the teams competing are Air Force, Boston College, Boston University, Buffalo, Connecticut, Delaware and Georgetown.

Friday, Sept. 22 - Rain Schedule
Matches begin at 10 a.m. indoors at Murr Center
10 a.m. - Buffalo vs. Delaware
12:45 p.m. - Air Force vs. BC
3:30 p.m. - Harvard and Georgetown vs. UConn
6:15 p.m. - Harvard and Georgetown vs. BU 

Saturday, Sept. 23
Matches begin at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24
Matches begin at 10 a.m.

In the Rankings
Lexi Milunovich climbed to No. 111 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings (Jan. 4) last year. Milunovich finished the season with a 7-6 singles record, including a perfect 5-0 tour mark.

Last Year
Harvard finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 48 in the Oracle/ITA poll (May 24) with a 17-8 record, including a 5-2 mark in Ivy League play. Over a six-week period between Feb. 25 and April 14 the Crimson was 12-1 with League wins over No. 44 Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia.  

Scouting Air Force
The Falcons enter the weekend after hosting their own two-day invitational (Sept. 15-16). Sophomore TJ Fumagalli and junior Elizabeth Barnickel led the way earning a pair of singles titles to go along with a doubles title.

Scouting Boston College
The Eagles begin the 2017-2018 season this weekend after posting an 11-14 record a year ago. Asiya Dair returns for her senior season after earning ACC third team honors with a 12-12 record last year.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are coming off the Columbia Invitational last weekend (Sept. 15-17). Freshman Emily Kim led the Terriers winning the Staten Island draw, 3-0 while senior Iryna Kostirko made it to the finals of the top flight.

Scouting Buffalo
The Bulls finished the 2016-2017 season with a 14-9 overall record, including wins in eight of their last nine matches. Senior Tanja Stojanovska, who was an All-MAC first team selection, finished with a 24-9 singles record.  

Scouting Connecticut
The Huskies are coming off the Quinnipiac Invitational (Sept. 15-17) where they went 21-4 in singles. Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva won the A flight singles title after winning four-straight matches.

Scouting Delaware
The Blue Hens are coming off Maryland's Bedford Cup (Sept. 15-17). Sophomore Brooke Pilkington made it to the top-flight singles quarterfinals before falling to George Washington.

Scouting Georgetown
The Hoyas are coming off Maryland's Bedford Cup (Sept. 15-17). Doubles tandem Drew Spinosa and Sara Swift advanced to the quarterfinals winning back-to-back doubles matches.

ITA All-Academic Team

Six members of the 2016-2017 Harvard women's tennis team was recognized by the International Tennis Association (ITA). Natasha Gonzalez, June Lee, Irene Lu, Lexi Milunovich, Annika Ringblom and Sabrina earned All-Academic Team honors with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Full ITA All-Academic Team Announcement

Meet the Freshman
The Harvard women's tennis class of 2021 includes Neha Gupta (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks), Jenna Moustafa (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) and Anna Li (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny).

Full Women's Tennis Class of 2021 Announcement

Leading the Way
Traci Green, the Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard women's tennis, enters her 10th season as the second winningest coach in Crimson women's tennis history with a 109-94 record. Last season she guided Harvard to a 17-8 overall record, including a 5-2 Ivy League record as well as picked up her 100th and 101st career victories in duals against Stony Brook and Providence.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!

What's Next?
Harvard returns to the court Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 for the All-American Qualifying in Pacific Palisades, Calif.