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NEW YORK -- Columbia is set to host the 2014 ECAC Division I Women's Tennis Indoor Championship this weekend at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
The three-day tournament from Feb. 7-9 returns after a one-year hiatus due to Winter Storm Nemo with the host Lions as the No. 2 seed in the eight-team bracket. The tournament field originally featured eight teams, but due to weather concerns, Binghamton and LIU Brooklyn will not participate so the bracket will only include six League squads.
Top-seeded Yale, ranked 32nd in the Jan. 29 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, enjoy a first-round bye on the strength of winning the last four ECAC Indoor titles (2009-12). Columbia now also will not hit the courts until Saturday to face either third-seeded Princeton or sixth-seeded Dartmouth.
The Tigers and Big Green play on Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. followed by fourth-seeded Cornell and fifth-seeded Brown squaring off at 2 p.m.
Friday, February 7
Match 1 - No. 3 Princeton vs. No. 6 Dartmouth, 10 am
Match 2 - No. 4 Cornell vs. No. 5 Brown, 2 pm
Saturday, February 8
Match 3 - Match 1 Loser vs. Match 2 Loser, 9 am (5th-6th Place)
Match 4 - No. 2 Columbia vs, Match 1 Winner, Noon
Match 5 - No. 1 Yale vs. Match 3 Winner, 3 pm
Sunday, February 9
Match 6 - Match 4 Loser vs. Match 5 Loser, 10 am (3rd-4th Place)
Match 7 - Match 4 Winner vs. Match 5 Winner, 1 pm (Championship)
OTHER IVIES IN ACTION
Not competing in the ECAC Indoor event, Harvard and Penn are set to be busy over the weekend with home matches. The Crimson hosts Boston University on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. on The Ivy League® Digital Network and Syracuse on Feb. 9. The Quakers host Akron on Feb. 7 and Rutgers on Feb. 9.
SEASON TO DATE
Ivy League women's tennis teams are off to strong starts with six teams at .500 or better in the early going. Topping the League so far are Cornell (2-0) with an opening weekend sweep and Brown (3-1) coming into ECAC Indoors on a three-match winning streak. Columbia and Harvard each sit at 2-1, while Princeton has split its first four spring contests and Yale has done the same in its first two spring matches.
The League looks to have another strong presence when the ITA team and individual rankings are released on Feb. 4 following the conclusion of the ITA Division I National Indoor Team Championship also taking place this weekend on Virginia's campus.