NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team will wrap up 2011 hosting the top team in the Ivy League, #40 Cornell, who have clinched at least a share of the Ivy League championship title. A win over the Lions will give the Big Red its first ever outright title, while a Columbia win would mean Cornell shares the championship with Princeton.
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Celebrating the Seniors
This weekend’s match will mark the last home stand for seniors Kevin Kung and Sho Matsumoto. The senior co-captains will be honored by the team as they play for the last time at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is riding high off of a huge 4-3 win last weekend against Princeton. The Big Red win clinched at least a share of the program’s first-ever Ivy League championship title, and assured Cornell an NCAA tournament berth. If Cornell manages to beat the Lions, it will be the first time the team has ever gone undefeated in Ivy League play, and give them an outright championship.
Columbia has won all of the most recent regular season matchups between the interstate rivals, including the last six matches. In 2010, the Lions beat the Big Red handily, 6-1. But earlier this season, Cornell retaliated, beating Columbia 6-1 at the ECAC championships. The Big Red took the doubles point and five straight- set singles wins to down the Lions in the opening round of the tournament. The Cornell senior class will be looking for their first-ever win against the Lions this weekend.
Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off of a 1-1 Ivy League weekend that saw the Lions fall to Princeton on the road, 5-2, before bouncing back to beat Penn at home, 5-2. The Lions are 8-14 overall coming into this weekend, and 2-4 in the Ivy League.