Harvard at ECAC Championships
Junior Erica Oosterhout, and the Crimson women's tennis team prepare for ECAC Championship Tournament in Princeton, N.J. (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's tennis teams opens the three-day ECAC Championship Tournament against Princeton on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. All matches over the three days will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
Harvard received strong performances from its freshman class against Boston University and Rhode Island on Saturay, Feb. 3. Against the Terriers, freshmen Neha Gupta and Jenna Moustafa edged out Iryna Kostirko and Emily Kim in a tight second doubles match, 7-6. Fellow classmate Lia Kiam earned her first dual win of the spring, knocking off Rhode Island's Paige Alshon in fifth singles, 6-1, 6-0, later that afternoon.
Harvard (3-3, 0-0 Ivy) is 93-87 in singles and 41-27 in doubles in 2017-2018. Freshman Neha Gupta leads the Crimson with a 16-1 singles mark, including a 5-1 record in dual matches. Sophomore Irene Lu is right behind with an 11-8 mark, while junior Erica Oosterhout, sophomore Natasha Gonzalez, and freshman Anna Li have amassed 10 singles wins. Li and senior Annika Ringblom have posted a 9-2 doubles record.
Scouting The Rest Of The Field
The other six Ivy League opponents will also be competing this weekend which include three nationally ranked singles opponents from Princeton and Yale.
Friday, February 9
Match 1: 1 Princeton vs 8 Harvard, 8 a.m.
Match 2: 4 Penn vs 5 Brown, 11 a.m.
Match 3: 3 Cornell vs 6 Yale, 2 p.m.
Match 4: 2 Dartmouth vs 7 Columbia, 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 10
Match 5: Loser Match 1 vs Loser Match 2, 8 a.m.
Match 6: Loser Match 3 vs Loser Match 4, 11 a.m.
Match 7: Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 2, 2 p.m.
Match 8: Winner Match 3 vs Winner Match 4, 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 11
Match 9: Winner Match 5 vs Winner Match 6, 8 a.m.
Match 10: Loser Match 5 vs Loser Match 6, 9 a.m. (at Kraft Tennis Center, West Windsor, N.J.)
Match 11: Loser Match 7 vs Loser Match 8, 11 a.m.
Match 12: Winner Match 7 vs Winner Match 8, 2 p.m.
In the Rankings
Junior Erica Oosterhout climbed to No. 40 in the recent Oracle/ITA Division I women's singles rankings. Compiling a 10-1 singles record, Oosterhout is the highest ranked singles player amongst all Ivy League institutions this season. Princeton's Stephanie Schrage and Katrine Steffenson are ranked No. 80 and 100, respectively, while Yale's Samantha Martinelli is No. 103.
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.
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).
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!
Harvard hosts Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.