NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team is hitting the road once again, for their second and third Ivy League matches of the week. The Lions will head to New Haven for a 12 p.m. match against Yale, Saturday, April 9, and then to Providence for a 12 p.m. match against Brown, Sunday, April 10.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale has had an impressive season thus far, as the Bulldogs are currently ranked No.29 in the nation by the latest ITA poll. They are 16-4 overall, but struggled in last weekend’s league play, going 1-1. The Bulldogs beat Penn, 5-2, but suffered an upset loss to No.56 Princeton, 5-2. Earlier in the season, Yale beat the Lions in the ECAC tournament, by a score of 6-1. Columbia’s point came from sophomore Nicole Bartnik, who won in the No.1 singles spot in three sets.
Scouting the Bears
Brown is another ranked team in the Ivy League, as the Bears currently sit at No.43 in the country. At 13-6 overall, and 2-0 in the Ivy League, Brown is riding a winning streak into this weekend’s matchups. The Bears beat Penn 6-1 and No.56 Princeton 6-1 in the first weekend of play.
Last Time Out
The Lions are coming off of three tough Ivy League matchups. In the first weekend of Ivy play, the Lions dropped a heartbreaker to Dartmouth, 4-3, and then fell to Harvard, 6-1 Saturday. On a midweek road trip, Columbia had another tough match in Ithaca, as the Lions fell to Cornell, 4-3, in a match that came down to the wire.
After this weekend, the Lions have only two Ivy League matches remaining: a home match against Princeton, Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m, and then hit the road to finish the season at Penn, Sunday, April 17 at 12 p.m.