NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Sunday Yale will head to the first of two competitions that will eventually crown the 2010 Ivy League Champion. The competition, hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., will be an opportunity for the Bulldogs to improve on last year’s 2-4 Ivy record and fifth place in the league. The Bulldogs head to Cornell’s Newman Arena with a 10-3 record for the season and will face the four Ivy schools they lost to last year.
Senior saberist Jennifer Ivers anticipates tough competition this weekend but hopes the hard work the team has put in this season will pay off.
“All of the teams we're fencing this coming weekend are going to be a challenge to us. They have all had good seasons, although they have also shown certain weaknesses. We need to keep our energy up, maintain focus, and compete at our highest level this weekend. This is what we have been working toward all season,” she said.
Captain Rebecca Moss reaffirmed the team’s readiness for Sunday’s competition:
“I feel like our team is in the best form it has been in all year. We have performed well under pressure and that's what Sunday is all about -- pressure.”
Yale will face Columbia first at 11 a.m. Last year the Lions finished second with an Ivy record of 5-1 and defeated Yale by a score of 21-6. Up next will be Harvard, the reigning Ivy champions. The Crimson downed Yale 18-9 last year to finish 6-0 in Ivy play. Penn will be Yale’s third adversary. Last year the Quakers also ended up with a 2-4 Ivy record but beat the Bulldogs 21-6 to take fourth place. The last competitor for the day will be Princeton. The Tigers went 4-2 last year for third place and beat the Bulldogs 17-10.
“On Sunday I'm going to tell the epee squad, and all the girls, just to have fun,” Moss commented. “We want to win. We believe that we deserve to win. But we’re not going to stress and attempt to force everything. We know that when it comes to fencing we perform at our best when we just do what we feel.”
After this weekend’s competition, the Bulldogs head to Penn on Feb. 28 for the second part of Ivy play. There they will face Brown and Cornell, the two teams they beat at last year’s Ivies.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity.