Women’s Tennis Opens Ivy Play Hosting Dartmouth, Harvard
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team opens the 2011 Ivy League season this weekend, hosting northern rivals Dartmouth and Harvard at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The Lions will take on the Big Green, Friday, April 1 at 2 p.m., and take on Harvard, Saturday, April 2 at noon. 

Follow the Action - LIVE! 
Columbia Athletics will offer live blogging coverage of this weekend's matches. Follow the action against Dartmouth here, and Harvard here. Get those questions ready! 

Scouting the Big Green
The Lions will be looking to avenge an early season loss to Dartmouth Friday. At the ECAC tournament earlier in the season, Dartmouth had a close win, taking one from the Lions by a score of 4-2, in a match without doubles. Columbia will be looking to improve on that score when Dartmouth comes to town Friday. And the Big Green should be worried, since Columbia has already improved on last year’s 7-0 loss. Dartmouth is 8-7 overall coming to Columbia, and this will also be the first Ivy League match of the season for them. 

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard will be a tough opponent for the Lions. The Crimson comes into Saturday’s match ranked No.54 in the nation, with a team that graduated no seniors in 2010. Last year, Harvard defeated Columbia 7-0. But the Crimson is struggling this season, with a 5-6 overall record. That includes a 6-1 win over Cornell at ECACs, but losses to both Yale and Brown in the same weekend. 

Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off a big win at home, as the Lions beat local rival Long Island by a score of 7-0 last Friday. The 9-6 Lions will look to get a win streak going, which they haven’t been able to do since February. 

Up Next
Columbia will hit the road for the next three Ivy League matches, including on the road at Cornell (Wednesday, April 6), Yale (Saturday, April 9) and Brown (Sunday, April 10).