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By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/11/2013
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Matt Spindler and the Tigers will host Harvard and Dartmouth in a pivotal Ivy weekend Saturday and Sunday.
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The last two Ivy-unbeaten men's tennis teams will meet Saturday when No. 50 Princeton takes on No. 19 Harvard at the Lenz Tennis Center at 2 p.m. It's the first of two matches this weekend against ranked opponents, as Princeton will face No. 70 Dartmouth Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lenz.

Princeton is planning an alumni homecoming for this weekend. The team has created a Facebook page for the event. Free t-shirts and free pizza will be available for those in attendance.

“We’re looking forward to the weekend and returning to our home venue," Princeton head coach Billy Pate said. "Both Harvard and Dartmouth will present a tough challenge. The competition for the Ivy League title is heating up and it will certainly provide a great atmosphere for tennis. We expect a great crowd with many of our supporters and former players in attendance. I’m sure we’ll see all teams battling at the highest level.”

Saturday
(50) Princeton (14-4, 3-0 Ivy) vs. (19) Harvard (14-4, 2-0), 2 p.m., Lenz Tennis Center*, Princeton, N.J.
Live Scoring
*If inclement weather, the match will be played indoors in Jadwin Gym.
Ranked individuals: Princeton's Matija Pecotic is ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles by the ITA. Pecotic and Zack McCourt are the No. 46-ranked doubles team. Harvard has Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster at No. 55 in doubles and Andy Nguyen and Nicky Hu at No. 83.
Last meeting: On Feb. 17, Harvard defeated Princeton 4-3 in a consolation match at the ECAC Championship. Harvard swept the doubles point, and the match came down to court five where Casey MacMaster won a first-set tiebreak and closed out Princeton's Jonathan Carcione with a 6-2 second set to clinch the match.
Streak: Harvard 2 overall, Princeton 3 in Princeton
On the Tigers: Princeton has won four in a row and 11 of its last 12 matches. The only defeat in that stretch was at then-No. 11 Pepperdine, 5-2 on Mar. 20.
On the Crimson: Harvard is riding a nine-match winning streak that began Feb. 17 in the ECAC consolation win over Princeton. The Crimson's last loss was the day before, to Cornell in the ECAC semifinal.

Sunday
(50) Princeton vs. (70) Dartmouth (9-9, 1-1), 2 p.m., Lenz Tennis Center*, Princeton, N.J.
*If inclement weather, the match will be played indoors in Jadwin Gym.
Live Scoring
Ranked individuals: Princeton's Matija Pecotic is ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles by the ITA. Pecotic and Zack McCourt are the No. 46-ranked doubles team. Dartmouth has no ranked individuals.
Last meeting: On Feb. 15, Princeton defeated Dartmouth 4-1 to open the ECAC Championship at Cornell. Princeton took two of three to win the doubles point and got wins from Matija Pecotic, Zack McCourt and Dan Richardson to take the match.
Streak: Princeton 1 overall, 7 in Princeton
On the Big Green: Dartmouth entered the ITA top-75 rankings this week having won three of its last four matches. The Big Green opened Ivy play with a split against Cornell (loss) and Columbia (win) at home last weekend.

• Two-time reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Matija Pecotic will put his 18-match Ivy League singles winning streak on the line once again this weekend. He won his singles match in the final Ivy dual of his freshman year, went undefeated in the seven Ivy matches in each of the last two years, and has won the first three this year, all atop the singles ladder.

• Princeton's three doubles pairs haven't lost a match so far in the Ivy season. The pairs are Pecotic and Zack McCourt at No. 1, Dan Davies and Matt Spindler at No. 2, and Augie Bloom and Matt Siow at No. 3.

• Princeton has started 3-0 in Ivy play in each of the last four years. In 2010 and 2012, it was the fourth match of the Ivy season, both times on the Harvard-Dartmouth road trip, that tripped up the Tigers. In 2011, Princeton was able to run their Ivy win streak to 6-0 before losing 4-3 at Cornell.

• Princeton has won the last seven meetings in Princeton against Dartmouth and the last three in Princeton against Harvard. The Crimson's last win on campus came in 2005, and Dartmouth's last win against the Tigers in Princeton came in 1997.

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