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Tennis Teams Head for ECAC Championships

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/15/2012
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Matt Siow, Katie Goepel and the Tigers will play in the ECAC Championships this weekend.
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Both Princeton tennis teams will head for the ECAC Championships in New England this weekend as the three-match event begins Friday.

The men's event, held at Yale, will feature three ITA-ranked teams in No. 50 Cornell, No. 60 Harvard and No. 70 Princeton. The Tigers will enter with Matija Pecotic ranked as the No. 59 singles player in the country and with Matt Siow and Matt Spindler as the No. 24 ranked doubles team.

The women's event, held at Dartmouth, has five ranked teams in No. 25 Yale, No. 38 Brown, No. 43 Princeton, No. 53 Dartmouth and No. 54 Boston College. Princeton will enter with Hilary Bartlett as the 84th ranked singles player and with two ranked doubles teams in Bartlett and Lindsay Graff at No. 35 and Katie Goepel and Rachel Saiontz at No. 49.

Princeton's women, the event's No. 3 seed, will open Friday at 8 a.m. against sixth-seeded Cornell and will play either Brown or Columbia Saturday at 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. depending on the outcome of the Cornell match. Yale, Fairleigh Dickinson, Dartmouth and Boston College are on the other side of the bracket, and one of those teams will be Princeton's Sunday opponent.

Princeton's men are seeded fourth and will open with fifth-seeded Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Friday. The Tigers will take on either Harvard or Yale Saturday at 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. depending on the outcome of Friday's match, and one of Brown, St. John's, Columbia and Cornell will be Princeton's Sunday opponent.

The Tiger men have competed in the ECAC event almost annually since 1996, sweeping four matches in 2001. Four years ago, Princeton made it to the final match before losing to Penn State, and the Tigers went 2-1 last year while opening with a win over St. John's, losing to Binghamton and defeating Harvard.

Princeton's women hosted the event last year and finished runner-up to Yale. The Tigers have competed annually in the event since 2009 and made their first appearance in the tournament in 1998.

Both Princeton teams will continue their dual-match seasons in the final weekend of February, the women in Montgomery, Ala., at the Blue-Gray Classic and the men hosting Buffalo and Fairleigh Dickinson next Sunday.

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