NEW HAVEN, Conn – Friday, the No. 29 Yale women's tennis team will travel to Penn for a 2:00 p.m. match at the Levy Tennis Pavilion before heading to No. 56 Princeton's Lenz Tennis Center Saturday at noon.
The matchups will be a good barometer for the Bulldogs, who are hoping to capture the Ivy League title this season. Yale has the highest ranking of any Ivy League team entering league play, and in order to retain that will need to have a strong weekend.
Last season, Yale played the same teams to begin the season and came out of the weekend with a 1-1 record. Princeton would go on to capture the Ivy League title, and true to form topped the Bulldogs 6-1. Penn, on the other hand, was less of a challenge, falling 7-0.
This year, though, Penn boasts No. 23 Connie Hsu, the highest ranked Ivy Leaguer by far. Outside of her, though, the squad hasn't clicked as a team, currently having lost five of its last six matches.
Princeton has been up and down this season, but is always a dangerous opponent for Yale. The Tigers lost several key seniors, but nonetheless have beaten several Ivy League opponents already this year. The Bulldogs played Princeton earlier this year in the ECAC Championship, with Yale coming away with a 4-2 victory on freshman Annie Sullivan's three-set victory over Princeton's Blakely Ashley. All three doubles matches were close, but Princeton got the point from the doubles matches. However, Yale came back strong with wins from the one, two and five spots before Sullivan closed out the match.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity