Women's Tennis Welcomes Columbia and Cornell this Weekend

Women's Tennis Welcomes Columbia and Cornell this Weekend

Columbia Series
Cornell Series
Last Time vs. Columbia
Last Time vs. Cornell

Harvard vs. Columbia and Cornell
April 14-15, 2018
1 p.m.
Murr / Beren Tennis Center | Cambridge, Mass.
Ivy League Network
Harvard leads, 27-6
Harvard leads, 37-5
W, 4-3 (April 14, 2017)
W, 4-3 (April 15, 2017)

The Crimson welcomes Ivy League foes Columbia and Cornell to Cambridge this weekend, April 14-15 (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis (11-8, 3-0 Ivy) welcomes Columbia (10-6, 2-1 Ivy) and Cornell (6-10, 0-3 Ivy) to Cambridge this weekend. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m. and broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off back-to-back Ivy League wins against Brown and Yale. Against the Bears last Friday afternoon, sophomore Natasha Gonzalez sealed the 5-2 victory with a three-set win in sixth singles. Despite the match already decided, junior Erica Oosterhout capped off the Harvard win, besting Alyza Benotto in first singles, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Two days later, the Crimson dropped the doubles against the Bulldogs, but responded with a sweep of singles to pull out the, 6-1, victory.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (11-8, 3-0 Ivy) has amassed a 136-69 singles record and a 59-40 mark in doubles in 2017-2018. Junior Erica Oosterhout leads the Crimson with a 18-4 record, including a 9-3 mark in first singles, while doubles partner, sophomore Natasha Gonzalez has also compiled 18 singles wins. As a doubles team, Oosterhout and Gonzalez lead Harvard with a 13-6 record, while senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li have registered a 13-8 mark.

Why Harvard? – Erica Oosterhout

Scouting Columbia
Columbia (10-6, 2-1 Ivy) dropped its first Ivy League loss of the season to No. 46 Princeton, 6-1, last Sunday afternoon. Andrea Kevakian leads the Lions with a 21-5 singles mark, while Jennifer Kerr has compiled an 18-7 singles mark, including an 11-2 record from the top two spots of the lineup. Adi Milstein and Christie Wan have paired together to register a 19-9 doubles record, including 6-7 in first doubles.

Scouting Cornell
Cornell (6-10, 0-3 Ivy) is coming off a 4-3 loss against Penn last Sunday afternoon. Priyanka Shah and Ananya Dua claimed two of the Big Red's three wins, with victories in first and second singles. The pair also captured Cornell's lone doubles win with a 6-2 victory in first doubles.  

Series vs. Columbia
Harvard leads the series against Columbia, 27-6. The Crimson snapped a five-game skid against the Bears with a 4-3 win on April 14, 2017.

Series vs. Cornell
Harvard leads the series against Cornell, 37-5. The Crimson fell to the Big Red in last year's meeting, 4-3 on April 15, 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 18-4 singles record and an 14-8 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 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 travels to No. 46 Princeton next weekend, April 21, at 1 p.m.