CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's tennis is set to return from a two-week hiatus when it plays host to Rhode Island at the Murr Center Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson (6-2, 0-0 Ivy) have won five of its last six matches, and look to extend its winning streak against the Rams to seven.
The Rams and the Crimson met earlier this season in tournament action at the Harvard Fall Classic. First-years Demi Snyder and Lauryn Wu posted a singles and a doubles win against the Rams. Last season's match ended in a 7-0 shutout in favor of the Crimson.
Harvard women's tennis will also be dedicating this match to breast cancer awareness, and will wear pink while competing on the court.
What to Know
- Harvard is coming off a 7-0 sweep of Boston University on Feb. 23, its third shutout win of the season.
- Rachel Eason and Mihaela Marculescu come into the match with 6-1 records, good for best on the team.
- Marculescu is also the leader in overall singles wins at 14. Fellow first-year Sophia Ho has posted 11 singles wins, which is good for second on the team.
- Sophomore Rachel Lim leads the squad in combined wins, with 23 in 2019-20.
- Harvard has posted a .800 winning percentage on the doubles courts in dual-match play.
- The duo of Natasha Gonzalez and Rachel Lim has gone undefeated in dual-match play, with four wins, and holds a 7-1 overall doubles record this season.
- Gonzalez is 4-0 all-time vs. the Rams on both the singles and doubles courts.
- Traci Green, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis, is just four victories away from her 150th as the leader of the Crimson.
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 146 wins in her career, Green has the second most wins in team history for a head coach.
Harvard returns to the courts next Friday when it hosts Hofstra at the Mt. Auburn Club in Watertown, Mass. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m.