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January 24, 2013

Spring Schedule Begins in Earnest This Weekend for Men's Tennis

Photo courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's tennis gets the spring underway in earnest this coming weekend with six teams on the courts.

Three Ivy teams already had their first action of the spring with Havard winning 20 of 22 singles and nine of 10 doubles matches at its weekend-long winter invite Jan. 18-20, Cornell defeating Penn State 4-3 on Jan 20 and Columbia falling to BYU 4-3 on Jan. 21.

The Jan. 25-27 weekend is slated to be a busy one for the Ancient Eight as Columbia and Harvard are participating in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend that will take place at 15 sites across the country. The Lions join Louisville and North Carolina State at Ole Miss and the Crimson joins Notre Dame and Memphis at Oklahoma in a two-day, two-match format.

Dartmouth hosts its own kickoff classic over the weekend, featuring fellow Ivy foe Brown, as well as Clemson and Purdue. Yale plays a trio of matches at home against Nutmeg State foes Quinnipiac on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Fairfield and Sacred Heart on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Cornell plays its second of four-straight matches away from home on Saturday, Jan. 26, traveling to the Nation's Capital to take on George Washington. The following weekend, the Big Red heads to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., to face on Alabama on Friday, Feb. 1 and St. John's on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Princeton starts its dual season on the road at Western Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 31, as does Penn with a date with in-state rival Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Ivy League in the ITA Rankings
The Ivy League enters the spring with a strong presence in the ITA Rankings with five teams listed in the Jan. 22 team rankings and two singles players and four doubles teams among the Jan. 3 individual rankings:

Team
28. Harvard
44. Columbia
49. Dartmouth
51. Brown
70. Cornell

Singles
t2. Matija Pecotic, Princeton
44. Winston Lin, Columbia

Doubles
11. Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic, Princeton
19. Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, Yale
38. Bert Vancura and Winston Lin, Columbia
48. Brandon Burke and Sam Fife, Brown