Harvard vs. Marist
Harvard vs. Providence
The Crimson hosts Marist and Providence on Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis returns to the courts on Saturday with a pair of matches against Marist and Providence at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off back-to-back, 6-1, losses against two, tough non-conference opponents Boston College and Syracuse. Against the Eagles, junior Erica Oosterhout registered a comeback, three-set victory over Asiya Dair in first singles (2-6, 6-3, 6-1), while freshman Neha Gupta and junior Isabel Jasper avoided the sweep of doubles with a 6-3 third doubles win. The following day against the Orange, sophomore Natasha Gonzalez picked up the lone win with a two-set, 6-4, 7-6 victory, in fifth singles.
Harvard (4-7, 0-0 Ivy) is 99-59 in singles and 46-33 in doubles in 2017-2018. Freshman Neha Gupta leads the Crimson with a 16-5 singles mark, while doubles tandem junior Erica Oosterhout and sophomore Natasha Gonzalez each have 12 wins a piece. Additionally, Oosterhout and Gonzalez are tied with senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li with a 9-5 doubles mark.
Why Harvard? – Isabel Jasper
Marist (4-3) comes into Cambridge having won its last three matches against Saint Peter's (Feb. 9), Lafayette (Feb. 24), and Bucknell (Feb. 25). Freshmen Sam Galu and Sophia Chavarria guided the Red Foxes to the 4-3 win over Bucknell with back-to-back, three-set wins in fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
Providence (3-7) is coming off a four-match skid, following a 7-0 loss to the College of Charleston on March 6. Junior Risa Takenaka leads the Friars with six wins from the top of the lineup, while compiling a 5-4 record in first doubles alongside teammate, sophomore Aidan Epstein.
In the Rankings
Junior Erica Oosterhout, who climbed as high as No. 40 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings, is currently sitting at No. 70 in the latest rankings. Compiling an 12-2 singles record and a 10-6 doubles mark, she defeated nationally-ranked, St. John's Jessica Livianu earlier in the season, and she took Syracuse's No. 18 Gabriela Knutson to a first-set, tie breaker before falling in two sets 7-6, 6-1.
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.
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Harvard travels to the west coast over spring break for four matches at California State Northridge beginning with Gonzaga on Wednesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.