Tennis Teams Meet Brown, Yale in Pivotal Ivy League Weekend
Brown and Yale are on the docket for both Princeton tennis teams this weekend as the Tigers head for the first full weekend of Ivy League play.
Both Princeton teams defeated Penn last weekend with the women hosting and the men in Philadelphia. This weekend, the men will be at home and the women will head to New England. Competition will start Friday with the women at Brown at 2 p.m. and continue with the women at Yale at noon Saturday, while the men will start against Brown at 2 p.m. Saturday and face Yale at 2 p.m. Sunday. The weather forecast calls for low 60s and sun all weekend, which would put the men's matches outdoors at the Lenz Tennis Center.
The Tiger men enter the weekend at 10-8 and winners of three in a row. Brown comes into the match at 14-3 and ranked No. 54 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, one of four ranked Ivy schools along with Harvard (20), Columbia (50) and Dartmouth (67). Yale is 11-6 and boasts a ranked singles player in No. 118 Marc Powers and a ranked doubles team in Powers and Daniel Hoffman at No. 67. Princeton has Matija Pecotic ranked No. 65 in singles and Matt Siow and Matt Spindler at No. 40 in doubles.
The Brown-Yale weekend includes two of the three Ivy League home matches this season for the men, who will take to the road next weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard before playing at Columbia on April 20 and hosting Cornell on April 22 in the regular-season finale.
The Princeton women enter the weekend at No. 69 in the national ranking and will face two fellow ranked teams in No. 53 Brown and No. 27 Yale. The trio represents all three Ivy League teams on the 75-team ITA ranking. Individually, Princeton has Hilary Bartlett at No. 96 on the singles list and Bartlett and Lindsay Graff at No. 29 on the doubles ranking. Though neither Brown nor Yale is represented on the singles chart, the Bulldogs have three pairs nationally ranked with Annie Sullivan on two of those. Sullivan is with Amber Li at No. 74 and Elizabeth Epstein at No. 61, while Vicki Brook and Hanna Yu are at No. 30.
The Tiger women are 8-8 entering the weekend, while Brown stands at 14-4 and Yale enters its Friday match with Penn at 12-3 on the season. Princeton has already faced both teams this season, those meetings coming at the ECAC Championship at Yale in which Princeton beat Brown 4-3 in the semifinal and fell to Yale 4-2 in the final.