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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The month of March proved a successful one for Ivy League women's tennis as six teams posted .500 or better records, setting up a competitive stretch run as the teams close out the regular season by playing for the 2012 Ivy title.
Yale, Brown and Columbia each posted 5-1 marks while Harvard went 4-1 in March to lead the way for the League, which combined to compile a 29-15 record over the month.
Yale is among the best teams in the nation, ranked 27th in the latest Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women's Team Rankings. The Bulldogs' only loss in March came to 12th-ranked Miami (Fla.). The key to Yale's winning ways has been its doubles play, winning 14 of 15 doubles points this season. Senior Vicky Brook and freshman Hanna Yu, ranked 30th in the most recent Campbell/ITA Women's Doubles Rankings, lead the Bulldogs' doubles attack while junior Elzabeth Epstein has been stellar in singles with a 11-4 record at the top spot.
Brown comes into April ranked 53rd in the nation, having won seven of its last eight matches. Junior Misia Krasowski has been the catalyst to the Bears' success so far with a 12-4 record in singles and an identical 12-4 mark teamed with sophomore Ariel Caldwell in doubles.
Columbia's March ended with a 5-2 Ivy victory over Cornell. The win extended the Lions' win streak to five, helping the Lions rebound from a loss to Memphis to open the month. Singles play has bolstered Columbia's success with juniors Nicole Bartnik holding an 8-3 mark at No. 1 and Katarina Kovacevic posting a 10-3 record at No. 4 and 5 and sophomore Tiana Takenga posting a 7-1 ledger primarily at No. 6.
Harvard looks to bring its winnings ways into April after closing out the previous month with wins at William & Mary and Old Dominion. Junior Camilie Jania is a mainstay in the middle of the Crimson's singles lineup with a perfect 7-0 mark, including five wins at the No. 3 spot.
Princeton, ranked 69th nationally, also comes into the final month of the regular season on a two-match winning streak. The Tigers boast the League's top ranked singles player in senior Hilary Bartlett at No. 96 and the doubles team of Bartlett and freshman Lindsay Graff are ranked No. 29.
Dartmouth enters the month looking to add to its recent success of winning two of its last three matches, while Cornell and Penn are hoping to create some momentum as each lost three of their last four contests.
With non-conference schedules compete, all eight teams turn their focus to League play and the race for the Ivy title and a chance to secure an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship. The 64-team bracket will be announced on May 1 at 5:30 p.m. and the singles and doubles draws for the individual championships will be released on May 2 at 6 p.m.