NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team is headed to Ithaca, N.Y., Wednesday, April 6, for a mid-week match-up against Ivy League rival Cornell. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
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Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is 8-7 so far this season, and 0-2 in the Ivy League. They have an impressive 6-2 record at home, however. Four of their losses are to Ivy League teams. Harvard has beaten the Big Red twice: 6-1 at the ECAC tournament, and 7-0 last weekend. Columbia also beat Cornell at ECACs, 4-3, and Dartmouth beat the Big Red 4-3 last weekend.
Just two months ago, Cornell and Columbia faced off at the ECAC tournament, where Columbia was the victor. What do the Lions need to do it again? Cornell won the doubles point taking the early lead, but Columbia got wins from Nicole Bartnik at No.1 (three sets), Makarova at No.3 (three sets), Tiana Takenaga at No.5 (three sets) and Ioana Alecsiu at No.6 in straight sets. Chelsea Davis had a tough three set loss at No. 4, and first-year Bianca Sanon lost in straight sets at No.2. Columbia is poised to win again, if the Lions can duplicate their successes, or add to them by winning the doubles point early on.
Last Time Out
Columbia is recovering from a tough opening weekend in Ivy League play. Friday, the Lions dropped a heartbreaker to Dartmouth, 4-3, as Columbia nearly upended the Big Green. And Saturday, the Lions fell to Harvard, 6-1. Columbia is currently 9-8 overall and 0-2 heading into this week’s slate of matches.
No rest for the weary this week, as Columbia has three tough matches in five days. After facing off against Cornell, the Lions head to New Haven and Providence, to take on Yale and Brown, Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10. Both matches are scheduled to start at noon.