Tennis Teams Gear Up for Final Ivy League Weekend
The Princeton tennis teams will play their final Ivy League weekends Friday and Sunday as the Ivy race becomes clearer.
The men will be away Friday at Cornell and home Sunday against Columbia, while the women will be home Friday against the Big Red and in Manhattan to face the Lions Sunday.
The women, ranked No. 73 in the nation, stand at 3-2 in the Ivy with Columbia (4-1) and Yale (4-0) in front. The Lions will start the weekend at Penn (2-3) Friday, while the Bulldogs will host Dartmouth (1-3) and visit Harvard (2-2).
The men, ranked No. 48 in tne nation, are 4-1 in the league behind only Harvard (4-0). The Crimson host Brown Friday and travel to Yale Sunday.
(48) Princeton men (15-5, 4-1 Ivy) at (51) Cornell (12-7, 2-3), 2 p.m., Reis Tennis Center, Ithaca, N.Y.
Ranked individuals: Princeton's Matija Pecotic is ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles by the ITA. Pecotic and Zack McCourt are the No. 85-ranked doubles team.
Last meeting: On April 22, 2012, Cornell dealt the Tigers a 4-3 defeat at the Lenz Tennis Center. Princeton won the doubles point, but the Big Red took four of six singles matches to claim the team victory.
Streak: Cornell 6 overall, 2 at Cornell
On the Tigers: Princeton rebounded from a 5-2 loss to Ivy leader Harvard last Friday with a 5-2 win over Dartmouth. The Tigers will be looking for their first win over Cornell in Ithaca since 2007.
On the Big Red: Cornell split last weekend with a 4-3 loss to Yale before defeating Brown 5-2. Cornell will be looking for its first back-to-back victories since a March 3 twinbill sweep of Colgate and Binghamton.
(73) Princeton women (11-6, 3-2) vs. Cornell (13-3, 2-3), 2 p.m., Lenz Tennis Center, Princeton, N.J.
Ranked Individuals: Princeton's Amanda Muliawan is ranked 125th in the nation in singles.
Last meeting: On April 22, 2012 in Ithaca, Princeton pulled out a 4-3 win at home. Monica Chow had the clinching singles match as the last match on court.
Streak: Princeton 17 overall, 8 in Princeton
On the Tigers: Princeton has a 17-match win streak over the Big Red dating back to 1997. The Tigers had two 4-3 matches last weekend, a win at Harvard and a loss at Dartmouth.
On the Big Red: Cornell beat Brown 4-3 last weekend after back-to-back 6-1 losses to Harvard and Yale. Both of Cornell's Ivy wins have come by 4-3 scores, the other coming against Dartmouth.
(48) Princeton men vs. (47) Columbia (12-8, 3-2), 2 p.m., Lenz Tennis Center, Princeton, N.J.
Ranked individuals: Princeton's Matija Pecotic is ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles by the ITA. Pecotic and Zack McCourt are the No. 85-ranked doubles team. For Columbia, Winston Lin is ranked 67th in singles and Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur are the No. 69 doubles team.
Last meeting: On Feb. 16, Columbia defeated Princeton 4-3 in the ECAC semifinals. After losing to Matija Pecotic three times in the fall, Winston Lin won this time as one of four singles victories that helped the Lions take the match.
Streak: Columbia 2 overall, Princeton 1 at Princeton
On the Lions: Columbia is coming off a weekend home sweep of Brown and Yale. The Lions haven't allowed more than four team points in an Ivy match, losing 4-3 at Harvard and 4-2 at Dartmouth.
(73) Princeton women vs. (65) Columbia (11-5, 4-1), 12 p.m., Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.
Ranked Individuals: Princeton's Amanda Muliawan is ranked 125th in the nation in singles. Columbia's Nicole Bartnik is ranked 64th individually, and Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya are the 48th-ranked doubles team.
Last meeting: On April 20, 2012, Princeton won 5-2 at the Lenz Tennis Center. Including the two doubles and four singles winners, the Tigers return everyone except Rachel Saiontz from that match.
Streak: Princeton 9 overall, 3 at Columbia
On the Lions: Columbia last defeated Princeton in 2005 in Manhattan. The Lions entered last Sunday's match at Yale undefeated in the Ivy, but the Bulldogs remained the league's last undefeated team with a 5-2 win.