Women’s Tennis Hosts Yale, Brown, in Important Ivy League Weekend
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team (11-4, 2-1 Ivy League) will host two strong Ivy League teams this weekend at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, in an attempt to keep their Ivy League championship title hopes alive. The Lions will face off against #28 Yale, Saturday, April 14 at 12 p.m., and #48 Brown, Sunday, April 15 at 12 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Columbia split a tough Ivy League weekend on the road, as the Lions defeated Dartmouth, 4-3 Saturday, before falling to #72 Harvard, 4-2 Sunday. Against the Big Green, Columbia dropped the doubles point, but was able to get singles wins from Nicole Bartnik, Bianca Sanon, Iani Alecsiu and Tiana Takenaga, to rally and take the team win.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale is the team to beat in the Ivy League, as the Bulldogs are ranked #28 in the nation, stand at 14-3 overall, and are in first place in conference play at 2-0. Yale beat Penn, 7-0 and Princeton, 4-3 to open Ivy League play. The Bulldogs have also beaten William & Mary (6-1), Oklahoma (6-1) and Notre Dame (4-3) this season. Their three losses have come to top quality teams, including Michigan (4-3), Syracuse (4-3) and Miami (6-1).
The Bulldogs have four doubles pair combinations that are ranked nationally, and will prove to be tough to beat for that point, as they’ve won the doubles point 16 times out of 17. Hanna Yu and Victoria Brook hold the highest national ranking, at #40, while Brook and Amber Li are ranked #75, Elizabeth Epstein and Annie Sullivan are #86, and Sullivan and Li combine to rank #87. Four Bulldogs are also ranked in the top 15 players in the Northeast Region, including Epstein (#2), first-year Yu (#3), Brook (#7) and Blair Seideman (#13).
Last year’s matchup saw Yale win, 6-1 in New Haven.
Scouting the Bears
Brown is also a strong team nationally, as the Bears (16-4, 2-0 Ivy League) moved up in the rankings this week, from #53 last week, to #48 at present. Brown had 5-2 wins over both Penn and Princeton last weekend, and come to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on a three match winning streak.
The Bears and the Lions have faced off once already this year, at the ECAC Tournament, with Brown coming out on top, 5-2. The match was a closer one than the team score indicated, however, as the Lions lost two doubles matches in tiebreakers, and three of the singles matches that Brown won had gone to a third set. The Lions will be looking to avenge that loss Sunday, as well as last year’s 6-1 defeat in Providence.
Columbia wraps up the regular season with a split weekend, as the Lions will travel to New Jersey to take on #69 Princeton, Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m., before hosting Penn for Senior Day, Sunday, April 22 at noon.