NEW YORK - The No. 16 ranked Columbia men's tennis team hits the road this weekend to take on Brown and Yale this Saturday and Sunday, with both matches getting under way at 1 p.m. from Providence and New Haven.
The Lions (14-4, 3-1) are one of three one-loss teams in the Ivy League, joining No. 27 Dartmouth (18-5, 4-1) and Penn (15-10, 4-1).
The Lions had a four-match winning streak and a home winning streak of 22 Ivy League duals spoiled on Sunday, when Dartmouth escaped the Dick Savitt Tennis Center with a 4-3 win. Columbia picked up the doubles point and won singles matches at No. 5 and No. 6 to lead 3-0, before the Big Green took the top four singles matches en route to the victory.
The day before, Columbia dominated Harvard in singles play to pick up a 4-1 victory over the No. 29 ranked Crimson. Jackie Tang, Adam Ambrozy, William Matheson, and Austen Huang won in straight sets to lift the home team to the win.
The Bears enter the weekend having picked up a weekend split and earning their first win of the Ivy League season over Princeton, 4-2, last Sunday, after falling at Penn, 4-1. Brown is 15-8 (1-3 Ivy) this year, and has cooled after a 7-0 start in the run-up to a 1-2 weekend during February's ECAC Championship. The Lions are looking for their sixth consecutive win in the series, and hold a 43-15 edge in the all-time series.
The Bulldogs have compiled a 10-10 record this spring, having dropped their past four matches which were all in Ancient Eight play. Columbia has won its past five matches against Yale, as the Bulldogs own a 35-63-2 lead in the all-time series.
IVY LEAGUE STANDINGS
In the Ivy League race, Columbia is still in the hunt for its fifth consecutive title, as Dartmouth (4-1) and Penn (4-1) are both one half of a match ahead of the Lions, who sit at 3-1. Next weekend, the Columbia treks to Cornell in the final match of the regular season, as the Big Red have cooled off at 8-10 after an NCAA Tournament win in 2017 during a 22-4 season. The Quakers travel to the Big Green on Saturday, leaving at most two possible one-loss teams left after the weekend. Dartmouth also takes on Princeton in their other match this weekend, while Penn travels to Harvard on Sunday.