Women's Tennis Begins Spring Slate This Weekend in Washington, D.C.

Women's Tennis Begins Spring Slate This Weekend in Washington, D.C.


Harvard vs. Howard
Jan. 19, 2018
Washington, D.C.
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation East Campus 



Harvard vs. George Washington
Jan. 20, 2018
2 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
SE Tennis and Learning Center 



Harvard vs. Maryland
Jan. 21, 2018
11 a.m.
College Park, Md.

The Crimson opens its spring season in the D.C. Metro area beginning on Friday (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Beginning its spring season in the nation's capital, the Harvard women's tennis team plays is back in action for a trio of matches against Howard University (Jan. 19), George Washington (Jan. 20), and Maryland (Jan. 21. 

2017 Fall Overview
Harvard is coming off a successful fall season, compiling 67 singles wins and 32 doubles victories as a team. Junior Erica Oosterhout and sophomore Natasha Gonzalez represented the Crimson at the Riviera/ITA All-American Qualifiers, where the pair advanced to the second round in the doubles consolation bracket. Additionally, Oosterhout competed in pre-qualifying singles, advancing to the final match in Malibu, Calif. The Crimson also sent four players to the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Penn, in Philadelphia, Pa. in the fall. Doubles partners, senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li advanced to the semifinals, defeating two pairs of Ivy League foes. 

Scouting Harvard
Harvard is 67-30 in singles and 32-20 in doubles in 2017-2018. Freshman Neha Gupta recorded an unblemished 11-0 singles mark, while Maryland native sophomore Irene Lu registered nine singles victories along with junior Erica Oosterhout. The Crimson doubles partners senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li posted a 7-1 in the fall.

Scouting Howard
The Bison posted a 3-9 mark last season, including ending its regular season with back-to-back wins against Maryland-Eastern Shore and Delaware State. Howard won convincingly against Maryland-Eastern Shore with a 7-0 shut-out on April 11. Junior Christina Joynes blanked Alese Brown in two sets, 6-0, 6-0, in third singles after partnering with Olivia Pelham to pick up a 6-0 win in doubles.

Scouting George Washington
George Washington begins its spring slate of matches on Saturday after competing in five events in the fall, including the ITA Atlantic Regionals in Blacksburg, Va. The Colonials collected 23 singles wins and 14 doubles victories in the fall, led by junior Maria Siopacha's 6-6 singles mark and seven doubles wins.

Scouting Maryland
Maryland returns to the courts in the spring after participating in seven events in the fall, including the ITA Atlantic Regionals in Blacksburg, Va. Senior Ekaterina Tour led the Terrapins with a 16-4 singles record and a 15-4 doubles mark last season. 

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.

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 LuLexi MilunovichAnnika 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), Lia Kiam (New York, N.Y./Nightingale-Bamford) 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 opens its spring home schedule on Friday, Jan. 26 against St. John's at 6:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.