CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a two-week break and a third-place finish at the ECAC Tournament, Harvard women's tennis (5-2, 0-0 Ivy) returns to action this weekend when it will take on the Boston University Terriers (4-1, 0-0 Patriot). Match time is slated for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.
The Crimson and the Terriers met a few times in fall competition, as the two schools clashed at the Harvard Fall Classic, ITA Regionals and the Harvard Invitational. Harvard recorded a 12-4 singles record and 7-2 doubles mark against BU in tournament play.
The Crimson will look to improve its 35-7 overall record against its in-state foe. Harvard came away with a 5-2 win in last year's match and has won 9 out of the past 10 dual-matches.
What to Know
- The Crimson is coming off a 2-1 outing at the ECAC Tournament, where it handed Cornell and Penn 4-1 defeats to move to 5-2 on the season, with the lone blemish coming against Columbia.
- First-year Mihaela Marculescu earned her team-best 14th singles win in the Penn match.
- Rachel Lim leads the team in overall wins at 23, posting eight singles and 15 doubles wins on the season.
- Senior captain Natasha Gonzalez's nine singles wins this season move her career total to 63.
- Traci Green, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis, is just five victories away from her 150th as the leader of the Crimson.
- Jenna Friedel has defeated two opponents that were ranked in the ITA polls, including Columbia's Akanksha Bhan, who was ranked 119th at the time of their match during the ECAC Tournament.
- The Crimson has posted a favorable 39-18 combined mark in doubles play, including a 14-4 record during dual-match competition.
- In seven matches, Harvard has posted a 6-0 record at the fourth singles court.
Leading the Way
Traci Green, the Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard women's tennis, is in her 13th season at the helm for the Crimson. Green returns a veteran team that played a pivotal role in helping the Crimson to a 17-win season and a second-place finish in the Ivy League. Currently at 145 wins in her career, Green has the second most wins in team history for a head coach.
Harvard will have another weekend off before it hosts Rhode Island on March 7. Match time is slated for 2 p.m. and will be held at the Murr Center Tennis Courts.