NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening its Ivy Season with a win over Penn and loss against Princeton, the Yale men's tennis team (9-8, 1-1 Ivy) will travel to both Columbia and Cornell this weekend. The Bulldogs will first play the Lions (6-12, 9-2 Ivy) on Saturday at 2p.m., followed by a trip to Ithaca to play the Big Red (19-4, 2-0 Ivy) on Sunday at 2p.m.
Last season, the Bulldogs defeated league champion Columbia 4-3 and No. 46 Cornell 5-2. Yale lost the doubles point to the Big Red, but captured five of six singles wins to take the match. Yale pulled off an upset against Columbia by capturing the doubles point, and then securing three wins at singles.
The Bulldogs return most of their key members of last year's team, including everyone who earned points against Columbia and Cornell. Against Columbia, current sophomores Marc Powers and Daniel Hoffman won at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, and junior Erik Blumenkranz clinched the win with a three-set victory at No. 6.
However, Columbia is off to a rough start this season, and has not won a match in over a month. The Lions have lost the last eight matches that they have played. Cornell, on the other hand, is undefeated in the Ivy League thus far, after winning two 4-3 matches against Harvard and Dartmouth.
Report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity