Harvard vs. Brown and Yale
The Crimson returns to the courts this weekend hosting Brown on Friday, and travels to Yale on Sunday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis (9-8, 1-0 Ivy) continues its Ivy League schedule this weekend, welcoming Brown (8-9, 1-0 Ivy) on Friday at 2 p.m. before traveling to New Haven, Conn. on Sunday to face Yale (6-12, 0-1 Ivy) at 1 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson opened Ivy League play with a 4-3 victory over Dartmouth last Saturday afternoon. Junior Isabel Jasper and freshman Neha Gupta claimed the doubles point for Harvard battling Maddie Hwang and Allison Guang to the 7-5 win in third doubles. Sophomore Natasha Gonzalez sealed the win for the Crimson with a three-set, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, victory over Hwang in sixth singles.
Harvard (9-8, 1-0 Ivy) has amassed a 125-68 singles record and a 58-36 mark in doubles in 2017-2018. Freshman Neha Gupta leads the Crimson with a 17-6 singles record, while junior Erica Oosterhout is not far behind, compiling 16 singles victories. Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li have recorded a, team-leading, 13-6 mark in doubles, including a 6-5 record in first doubles. Oosterhout and sophomore Natasha Gonzalez are right behind with a 12-6 record, and 6-3 in second doubles.
Why Harvard? – Isabel Jasper
Brown (8-9, 1-0 Ivy) is coming off a 4-3 road win over Yale to begin Ivy League action on Saturday afternoon. The Bears lost the doubles point, but responded, claiming four out of the six singles matches. Senior Alyza Benotto led the way with a three-set win in first singles, while pairing with sophomore Devon Jack to grab the Bears' lone doubles win in second doubles.
Yale (6-12, 0-1 Ivy) began Ivy League play with a 4-3 loss at home to Brown on Saturday March 31. The Bulldogs took the doubles points, but dropped four singles matches. Samantha Martinelli and Elizabeth Zordani continued their excellence in first doubles with a 6-2 win, while Caroline Amos and Lauren Gillinov took third doubles, 6-4.
Series vs. Brown
Harvard leads the series against Brown, 35-11. The Crimson snapped a two-game skid against the Bears with a 4-3 win on April 7, 2017.
Series vs. Yale
Harvard leads the series against Yale, 27-21. The Crimson have won the last two meetings against the Bulldogs, including a 4-3 win on April 9, 2017.
In the Rankings
Junior Erica Oosterhout, who climbed as high as No. 40 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings, is currently sitting at No. 117 in the latest rankings. Compiling an 16-3 singles record and an 13-7 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 returns to the courts next weekend welcoming Columbia and Cornell to Cambridge on April 14 and 15, respectively. Both matches will be at 1 p.m. and broadcast on the Ivy League Network.