NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team is hitting the road once again, heading north to take on two Ivy League opponents for the first conference matches of the season. The Lions will head to Hanover, N.H., Friday, April 1 to take on Dartmouth, and travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard, Saturday, April 2. Both matches are slated to begin at 2 p.m. 

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth is currently ranked No.74 in the nation, with a 9-4 overall record. The Big Green have several common opponents with the Lions, including St. John’s, whom Dartmouth lost to, 5-2 at ECACs, and Boston College, whom Dartmouth has beaten twice. In 2010, the Lions and the Big Green faced off twice, once at ECACs, and once in the regular season. Both times, Columbia came out on top, winning by a score of 6-1. 

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is a hard team to predict in 2011. The Crimson graduated only one senior from last year’s squad, and is on a hot streak, having won four straight matches and six of their last eight, including a 5-2 victory over Illinois State. But Harvard has struggled in early Ivy play. At ECACs, the Crimson had a 4-3 win over Brown, but dropped matches to Cornell (5-2) and Princeton (6-1).  Harvard is 11-7 overall, and opens Ivy League play at Cornell, April 1st at 2 p.m. 

Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off of two tough losses at home. Friday, March 25, the Lions lost to Illinois State, 4-3, and fell to St. John’s the next day, 5-2. With the losses, Columbia is now 6-10 overall.

Up Next 
The Lions return home for another weekend of tough Ivy League play. Saturday, April 9, the Lions will host Yale at 2 p.m., followed by Brown, Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.