Harvard Women’s Tennis Adds Five First-Years to its 2019-20 Roster

Photos of the five member of Harvard Women's Tennis, Class of 2023
Harvard Women's Tennis, Class of 2023

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- After a 17-win season and a second-place finish in the Ivy League in 2018-19, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis Traci Green has announced the women's tennis class of 2023.

Five first-year student-athletes have made their way to Cambridge to join the team this fall. Green believes that these new faces will play a major role in the upcoming season.

"We are very excited to begin working with our first-year students." Said Green. "They will add to our team depth and contribute nicely to the Harvard community at large."

The class of '23 joins a group of student-athletes who demonstrate excellence on and off the court. In 2018-19, the women's tennis team had 11 players recognized by the ITA as scholar-athletes, which was the most in Division I and school history.

The incoming class represents three states and includes two international students.

Sophia Ho | Port Moody, British Columbia | Port Moody Secondary School

Named the 2018 British Columbia Junior Female Player of the Year … Three-time Port Moody Top Female Player Award recipient (2017-19) … 2018 Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open singles champion … 2017 Canada Summer Games silver medalist … 2016 British Columbia U18 Provincials singles and doubles champion … 2017 Panorama International Junior ITF singles and doubles champion … 2017 Victoria International Junior ITF singles champion … Achieved a career-high ITF Juniors world rank of No. 330 … Ranked as high as No. 2 in the British Columbia U18 division … Burnaby Tennis Club Most Improved Junior Player in 2016 … Leadership in Coaching Tennis Award recipient in 2019 … Four-year honor roll student.

Mihaela Marculescu | Bucharest, Romania | Tudor Vianu

Named the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Romanian Junior Tennis Player of the Year … Romanian national team member since 2011, playing the top three positions … Top-ranked Romanian Junior in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Romanian hardcourt national champion in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 … Romanian clay court national champion in 2012, 2014 and 2016 … Helped the Romanian national team to a fourth-place finish in the final rounds in 2014 at the European Summer Cup and a fifth-place finish in 2017 … Guided the Romanian National Team to group titles in 2014 and 2018 at the European Summer Cup … Bronze medalist with Romania at the 2014 ITF World Team Championship … Participated in the junior main draw in all four major tournaments in 2017 … Achieved a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 56 … Is certified in computer science and earned IC3 Digital Literacy Certification.

Lauryn Wu | McLean, Va. | Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Won the 2016 and 2018 USTA Virginia State Championship U18 singles tournament … 2017 USTA Mid-Atlantic Battle in the Burg U16 singles champion … Considered a top-70 prospect on the National Tennis Recruiting List in 2018 … Ranked No. 26 on National Tennis RPI List and landed in the top 45 on the National Tennis Recruiting List in 2015… Founder and CEO of Play to Fight Tennis Organization … Awarded third-place honors nationally at the 2017 Siemens Competition after taking first at regionals; authored paper published in arXiv … 2017 SPJ/JEA High School Essay Contest national first-place winner … Two-time qualifier for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (2013, 2016) … Served as president of TJ Active Science Alliance Club (2015-19) … Volunteered at KEEN Greater DC Tennis from 2015-18 … Served as a lab researcher from 2016-19 for Dr. Qiliang Li.

Demi Snyder | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Pine Crest School

Named the 2017 Broward County Tennis Player of the Year … Multiple-time all-Broward County first-team honoree … 2015 FHSAA Class 2A state champion … 2017 Bobby Curtis U16 state champion … Achieved a career-high of No. 9 ranking in Florida in 2017 … Captain of Pine Crest varsity team her senior year … Top six cumulative GPA in her graduating class … 2019 National Merit finalist … AP Scholar in 2018 … Captured the 2018 Bausch and Lomb Book Award … Volunteered her time with The Bougainvilla House. 

Kayla Leschly | Weston, Mass. | Weston

Named a 2019 Dual County League All-Star … 2019 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team … Member of 2019 DCL and Division 3 state championship team that posted an undefeated 24-0 record … Individually went 19-1 in 2019 … 2015 and 2016 DCL all-star team member for soccer … Helped the Weston soccer team to the DCL small championship in 2015 and 2016, while leading the team in scoring … Reached Level 8 in gymnastics, competing for Gymnastics Express from 2004-12 … National Honor Society member in 2018 and 2019 … Volunteered her time with the Special Olympics … Earned the Community Service Award in 2018 and 2019 for performing more then 35 hours of community service.