Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Season with Princeton, Penn
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team will watch the 2011 spring season draw to a close this weekend, as the Lions will take pare in their final two matches of the season. Columbia will host Princeotn in the final home match of the season, Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m., before traveling to Philadelphia to take on Penn in the last match of the year, Sunday April 17 at 12 p.m.

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Scouting the Tigers 
Princeton has had a tough slate in 2011, as they started the season ranked as high as #36 in the country, but now stand at #50 overall. The Tigers are 3-2 in the Ivy League and 10-9 overall, with loses to Brown and Harvard, along with Florida State, Texas and Vanderbilt. Princeton’s Ivy wins have also been close. The Tigers beat Penn and Harvard 4-3, and Yale 5-2. 

Scouting the Quakers
Penn is the only other Ivy League team looking to capture its first conference wins of the season this weekend. The Quakers are 0-5 in the Ancient Eight and 6-13 overall. Last year, Penn and Columbia had a battle that ended with Columbia winning 4-3, in a match that came down to No.5 singles. This year could also be a battle, as the No.1 spot will see two of the toughest players in the league face off. Columbia sophomore Nicole Bartnik will face off against freshman phenom Connie Hsu, who is currently ranked No.26 in the nation by the ITA.

Celebrating the Seniors 
This Friday marks the final home matches for the team’s seniors, Natasha Makarova ‘11CC and Natalia Christenson ‘11BC (pictured). The pair, who have played together for four years, will be celebrated by the team prior to the start of the match.