Women's Tennis Hosts The Harvard Fall Scramble Friday Afternoon

Women's Tennis Hosts The Harvard Fall Scramble Friday Afternoon

Matchup                     Harvard Fall Scramble
Oct. 13-15, 2017         
All Day
Venue                           Beren Tennis Center/
                               Sportsman Tennis Center


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis team welcomes Seton Hall, Rhode Island and Middlebury College for the three-day, Harvard Fall Scramble beginning Friday, Oct. 13.


Friday, Oct. 13
Matches begin at 2 p.m.
Harvard vs. Rhode Island
Seton Hall vs. Middlebury 

Saturday, Oct. 14
Matches begin at 11 a.m.
Middlebury vs. Rhode Island
Harvard vs. Seton Hall

Sunday, Sept. 24
Matches begin at 11 a.m.
Harvard vs. Middlebury
Seton Hall vs. Rhode Island


All matches will be played at the Beren Tennis Center except for Saturday's Harvard matches vs. Seton Hall, which will be played at the Sportsman Tennis Center in Dorchester, Mass.

Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off the Yale Bulldog Invitational, where the Crimson had a strong showing against Ivy League foe Brown, winning eight of 12 matches. Freshman Anna Li and senior Annika Ringblom went 2-1 in doubles, following wins over Brown (Oct. 6) and Dartmouth (Oct. 7).

Scouting Harvard
Harvard has posted a 30-22 singles record and 16-12 doubles during the fall season. Freshman Neha Gupta is leading the way with a perfect 5-0 singles record, while doubles tandem, junior Erica Oosterhout and sophomore Natasha Gonzalez has posted a 3-2 record in doubles.   

Scouting Middlebury College
Middlebury College reached as high as No. 2 in the 2016-2017 Oracle/ITA Division III rankings and return two of three players from the individual singles rankings. The Panthers are coming off the Division III ITA Regional Championships. Sophomore Catherine Blazye, who finished 2017 No. 37 in the nation, advanced to the quarterfinals of the main singles draw. 

Scouting Rhode Island
Rhode Island is coming off a 9-0 shut-out against Monmouth on Saturday Oct. 7. Sophomore Mihaela Codreanu blanked Monmouth's Alexandra Graff in two sets, 6-0, 6-0 after pairing with Paige Alshon to defeat Graff and Chinoye Gabriel in second doubles, 6-3.

Scouting Seton Hall
Seton Hall is coming off the Navy Invitational (Oct. 6-Oct. 8). Senior Katie Kim and sophomore Melody Taal lead the Pirates with five singles victories while junior Anicka Fajnorova has posted a perfect 4-0 singles record. 

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.  

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 11th 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 courts for the ITA Regional Championships on Oct. 18 at Penn.