NEW YORK – The No. 15 ranked Columbia tennis team hosts Harvard and Dartmouth in their final two home matches of the season, this weekend at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. Those unable to attend the Saturday and Sunday matches, which both start at 1:00 p.m., can see all the action on the Ivy League Network.
After victories over Penn and Princeton, Columbia is 2-0 in Ivy League play and heading into a tough weekend of play. Harvard is at the top of the conference standings with a 3-0 record, while Dartmouth visits New York at 2-1.
ABOUT THE LIONS
Columbia battled Penn in the first Ivy League match of the season last Friday, upending the Quakers 4-2 thanks to a doubles point win, and singles victories from Jackie Tang, Adam Ambrozy, and Austen Huang. The following Sunday, the Lions made quick work of Princeton, earning a 4-0 defeat thanks to singles sweeps by William Matheson, Timothy Wang, and Ambrozy.
In the doubles rankings, Tang and Victor Pham still held down the No. 22 spot, dropping slightly after not playing together since March 16. Jack Lin and Matheson fell one spot to No. 41, but are unbeaten in their previous eight matches. Tuesday’s singles rankings featured Pham at No. 18 and Tang at No. 51.
ABOUT THE CRIMSON
The Crimson, who came in at No. 29 in the latest ITA poll, have impressed all season with a 19-3 overall record, aided by five straight victories. Harvard survived Brown and Yale last weekend with matching 4-3 victories, after coming off a 4-0 rebound defeat of Dartmouth, who had topped the Crimson 4-1 during the ECAC Championship in February.
A season ago, Harvard snapped Columbia’s 28-match win streak in the Ivy League, dating back to the 2013 season, leading to a three-way split for the Ivy League title between Columbia, Cornell, and the Crimson.
Harvard is led this year by returning All-Ivy League singles and doubles player Kenny Tao, who is 11-1 at the top singles spot. Andy Zhou had gone 13-5 in duals, including a 10-4 mark at No. 2, while the top doubles team of Tao and Logan Weber is 11-7 on the season.
ABOUT THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters the weekend as the No. 32 ranked team in the ITA poll, posting a 2-1 mark in Ancient Eight play and a 16-5 overall tally. After Harvard’s 4-0 defeat of the Big Green during the opening weekend of Ivy play, Columbia’s Sunday opponent got by both Yale and Brown by matching 5-2 scores last weekend.
At the start of the spring, Dartmouth opened as one of the hottest teams in the country, going 12-0 before dropping a pair of home matches in late February, and bolstering a national ranking as high as No. 14. The Big Green are led by a tough doubles team of David Horneffer and Charlie Broon, who came in at No. 58 in the latest ITA poll at 10-5. Broom is Dartmouth’s top singles player at 8-6, while Roko Glaxnovic occupies the No. 2 spot and is 12-5 this spring.
Columbia has taken 16 of the last 18 matches against Dartmouth, including the previous six meetings.
The Lions enter the weekend having gone 35-1 over the past four seasons at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, which all resulted in an Ivy League title seasons. Along with this, Columbia has won 22 home conference matches over the previous seven seasons, dating back to their last loss which came on April 23, 2011.