NEW YORK – The Dick Savitt Tennis Center will be a battleground this weekend, as three Ivy League teams will square off in two matches that could determine who comes out on top at the end of the year, as the #50 Columbia men’s tennis team will play host to #67 Dartmouth and #20 Harvard, Satutrday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8. First serve for both matches is 2 p.m. The three teams have a combined record of 44-4 heading into Saturday’s matches.
Follow it LIVE!
If you can’t make it to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, you can follow every second of this weekend’s action with our LIVE BLOG. The interactive tool, which will start about 10 minutes before first serve, will allow fans to follow all the action LIVE, write in and support the Lions, and ask questions throughout the match.
Last Time Out
The Lions improved to 14-2 last weekend,1-0 in the Ivy League, with a thrilling win to open conference play, as Columbia beat defending Ivy League champions Cornell, 4-3. The Lions won the doubles point, and held on to win three singles matches to clinch the victory, as senior Haig Schneiderman won the match for the team in an exciting three-set battle at the No.1 spot.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth comes into this weekend’s match ranked #67 in the nation, and on a seven-match winning streak. The Big Green are 14-1 overall this season, with their lone loss coming to Harvard at the ECAC tournament, 4-2. Since then, Dartmouth has not lost a match, and has wins over Army (7-0), Cornell (4-2) and Princeton (4-2). Saturday’s match will be Dartmouth’s first official Ivy League match of the season, before heading to Ithaca Sunday, to take on Cornell.
2011 saw Dartmouth take the most recent matchup between the two squads, 5-2. Columbia managed to win the doubles point, but could only get one singles win (from then-junior Haig Schneiderman), to drop its Ivy League opener.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard comes to the bubble with a 16-1 record, and a national ranking of #20. Powered by a dominant first-year class, the Crimson have rolled through the non-conference schedule, with their only loss coming to then-#27 Indiana, 5-2. Harvard’s biggest win of the season came at the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic, where the Crimson downed then-#16 University of San Diego, 4-2, jumping into the nation’s top 25. Most recently, the Crimson beat St. John’s, 5-2 to close out non-conference play.
Harvard is led by a strong group of first years, including Denis Nguyen playing in the No.2 singles spot. Shaun Chaudhuri is another member of the class of 2015 who’s seeing playing time at No.4 singels, while Alex Steinroeder and Henry Steer have both rotated in at the bottom of the lineup. Senior Johnathan Pearlman is still the Crimson’s top player, as he’s held down the No.1 singles spot all season.
Columbia hits the road to take on Yale and Brown next weekend. The Lions will take on the Bulldogs in New Haven, Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m., and the Bears in Providence, Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.