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Women’s Tennis Heads North for Crucial Ivy League Matches against Dartmouth, Harvard

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/05/2012
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NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team hit the road for a crucial pair of Ivy League matches, as the Lions will take on defending Ivy League champions Dartmouth, Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m., and Harvard, Saturday April 7 at noon. The 10-3 Lions will be looking to remain undefeated in the Ivy League, as they are 1-0 so far this season. 

Last Time Out 
Columbia opened its Ivy League season at home last Saturday, March 31, as the Lions hosted Cornell at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, beating the Big Red, 5-2. Columbia won the doubles point and three quick singles matches to clinch the team win over the Big Red. The match was the fifth-straight win for the Lions, as Columbia improved to 10-3 overall. 

Scouting the Big Green
Defending Ivy League champions Dartmouth have been struggling this season, as the Big Green are 6-8 overall. Dartmouth opened the season with a nationally ranking of #56, but suffered six losses early on to drop out of the national team rankings by March. Most recently, Dartmouth notched a 7-0 win over Boston University, and will be opening its Ivy League season against the Lions. 

The two teams have faced off once already this season on the final day of the ECAC Championships, with Columbia coming out on top, 4-2. In that matchup, the Lions dropped the doubles point, but rallied to win four singles matches to take the team win. Junior Nicole Bartnik, first-year Crystal Leung, Katarina Kovacevic and sophomore Tiana Takenaga had wins for the Lions, while sophomore Bianca Sanon had a close loss in a third-set tiebreaker. 

Scouting the Crimson 
Harvard is 7-4 overall this year, and has yet to play an Ivy League match. The Crimson have won six of their last seven matches, including wins over William & Mary (5-2) and Old Dominion (4-1) last weekend. Harvard also holds the all-time advantage over the Lions, as the Crimson are 25-1 all time against the Lions, including 18 straight wins since 1993. Last year, Harvard beat Columbia 6-1 at home. 

Up Next 
The Lions will return to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center to host Yale, Saturday, April 14, and Brown, Sunday, April 15. First serve for both matches is scheduled for noon. 

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