Tennis Teams Open March with Four Weekend Matches
Princeton's tennis teams will have another weekend of competition as the dual-meet schedule heads into March, with the men staying home to face Temple Friday and visiting St. John's Sunday, and the women heading to Texas for matches at TCU and SMU.
Princeton's men (5-6) are coming off a pair of home wins last Sunday over Buffalo and Fairleigh Dickinson. Temple, Princeton's 4 p.m. match Friday, enters the weekend at 4-2 while St. John's, which will host Princeton at 2 p.m. Sunday, is 6-2 before hosting Fairfield Friday.
Princeton and St. John's will each bring one nationally ranked singles player into the match, with Princeton's Matija Pecotic at No. 31 and Vasko Mladenov of St. John's at No. 29. Princeton also has Matt Siow and Matt Spindler ranked No. 24 in the nation as a doubles pair.
The Tiger men are 21-0 all-time against the Owls but haven't met since 2003 in a series that began in 1948. Princeton is 11-2 all-time against St. John's with the only losses coming last season and in this year's ECAC Championship by a 4-2 score.
Princeton's women (5-5) are ranked No. 55 in the nation and will face No. 49 TCU at 1 p.m. ET Saturday in Fort Worth and No. 75 SMU at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday in Dallas. Lindsay Graff represents the Tigers in the national singles rankings at No. 116 while Graff and Hilary Bartlett are No. 37 in doubles.
TCU is 5-3 and enters with the 42nd-ranked doubles pair of Olivia Smith and Millie Nichols. SMU is 1-6 against a schedule that featured five ranked teams and will play Saturday against BYU in its first match since defeating Princeton last weekend at the Blue-Gray tournament in Alabama. The Mustangs boast Edyta Cieplucha as the No. 60 singles player in the nation.
Princeton is 0-1 all-time against TCU with the only meeting coming in 1980 in Baton Rouge, La., while the Tigers are now 1-2 all-time against SMU with all three matches in that series coming at neutral sites. Princeton defeated the Mustangs in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1982 before losing in 1994 in San Diego and again last weekend in Alabama.
Each Princeton team will have home matches next week -- the women Wednesday against Memphis and the men Friday against Stony Brook -- before each team will be off until March 20.