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No. 5 Yale Preps for Ivy Battles with No. 3 Penn, No. 4 Princeton

Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Shihui Mao. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — This weekend, the No. 5 Yale Bulldogs will travel south to take on two highly-ranked Ivy League rivals: No. 3 Penn and No. 4 Princeton.

 Yale (12-1, 2-0 Ivy) comes into the weekend off a busy five-game stretch in which the Bulldogs took four matches in a row after falling 5-4 to No. 2 Trinity last Wednesday.

 The action will begin on Saturday as Yale takes on Penn (6-2, 2-1 Ivy). The Quakers will come into the match fresh off a 6-3 victory against Princeton this past Wednesday. Earlier this season, Yale topped Penn 7-2 to take third place at the Ivy Scrimmages in November, have beaten several previous Yale opponents, including No. 7 Stanford. Penn's two losses came against No. 1 Harvard and No. 2 Trinity.

On Sunday, Yale will face Princeton. The Tigers (5-2, 1-2 Ivy) did not face the Bulldogs at the Ivy Scrimmages, but have also beaten several of the same opponents as Yale this season. Princeton will be looking to bounce back after the loss against Penn, which was its second defeat of the year. The Tigers' only other loss came on Jan. 11, when they were defeated 6-3 by No. 1 Harvard.

The matches against Penn and Princeton pit the Bulldogs against two of their toughest Ivy opponents. While the competition will be stiff, a pair of wins this weekend would give Yale the chance to rise in the national rankings and challenge Harvard for Ivy League supremacy.

Report by Evan Brown '16, Yale Sports Publicity