Tennis Teams Continue Non-League Slates This Weekend
Princeton's tennis teams, each among those ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, will each face two opponents this weekend including fellow ranked foe apiece.
Princeton's women, ranked No. 51 in the nation, are 1-1 after a season-opening win over Temple and a 5-2 loss to No. 13 Georgia Tech. Princeton's men, ranked No. 70, are 1-3 and have faced two ranked teams already this season in No. 14 Mississippi State and No. 72 Purdue. The Tiger men picked up their first win of the season 6-1 over Cleveland State last weekend.
Both Princeton teams have ranked individuals, with Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff as the 51st-ranked doubles pair and Katie Goepel and Rachel Saiontz as the 55th-ranked doubles pair. On the men's side, Matija Pecotic is the 46th-ranked singles player while Matt Siow and Matt Spindler are the 11th-ranked doubles team.
The matches will begin Saturday at noon. On Jadwin Gym's indoor courts, the women will host No. 41 Maryland in the 14th meeting all-time between the teams. Princeton leads the series 8-5, but Maryland took the most recent meeting 5-2 last season in College Park, Md. The teams last met in Princeton in 2009, a 6-1 Tiger win.
The women will continue against Rutgers at noon Sunday. Princeton is 30-2 all-time against the Scarlet Knights with the only losses coming in 1995 and 1996. The teams have played annually since 1981 and Princeton has won the last 15 meetings.
Maryland boasts the No. 28 ranked singles player in the nation in Cristina Stancu as well as the No. 37 doubles team in Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus. The Terps are 2-3 this season, most recently defeating Princeton's Ivy foe Harvard 4-3 last weekend as the fourth straight ranked opponent Maryland has faced. Rutgers is 2-0 heading into a Friday match with Quinnipiac, and the Tigers will be the first ranked opponent the Scarlet Knights have faced this season.
Princeton's men will take a two-match trip to North Carolina, with a noon match Saturday at No. 46 UNC Wilmington and a 10:30 a.m. match Sunday against Elon at Wake Forest. The match was due to be played 1 p.m. Sunday at Elon, but weather forced a move indoors.
Princeton has faced UNCW once, getting a 5-2 win in 2008 in a match played in Raleigh, N.C. On that same trip, the Tigers lost 4-3 at Elon in the only meeting with the Phoenix.
UNCW enters the match at 3-1 on the season with its highlight win coming against No. 45 South Florida in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, an event in which Princeton also competed. The Seahawks then took their shot at No. 1 USC, losing 6-1. Elon is 1-2 entering a weekend in which it will face two ranked opponents, first No. 42 Wake Forest Saturday, followed by the Tigers. The Phoenix have already faced one ranked opponent this season, losing 6-1 to No. 69 Georgia State last month.
Next weekend, both Princeton teams will be at their respective ECAC Championships, with the women at Yale and the men at Dartmouth.