Tennis Titles, NCAA Championship Berths on the Line This Weekend
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Titles are potentially on the line for Ivy League tennis this weekend with Columbia on the men's side and Princeton on the women's side controlling their own destinies to bring championship trophies back to their respective campuses.
Coming in on a 16-match winning streak, Columbia (18-1, 5-0 Ivy League) is position to capture its 11th League title on the men's side and first since 2010 with a road contest at Penn (6-12, 2-3 Ivy) on Friday afternoon and home finale against Princeton (12-10, 2-3 Ivy) on Sunday afternoon. The Lions, ranked 19th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings, have been dominant in their Ivy matches so far this spring, losing only one point in a 4-1 victory over Yale. Closing the weekend in a similar fashion would send Columbia to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship for the ninth time in school history and the first time since 2012.
Dartmouth (16-5, 3-1 Ivy) and Harvard (14-6, 3-1 Ivy) are one match behind Columbia with hopes of causing a tie atop the standing should the Lions stumble to close the regular season. The two teams meet in a regular-season finale next weekend on the Crimson's home courts.
On the women's side, Princeton (16-5, 5-0 Ivy) also sit alone in first place with a perfect conference record with Columbia (15-3, 4-1 Ivy) and Yale (11-8, 3-1 Ivy) just behind in the standings. The 58th-ranked Tigers have been on a hot streak of its own, winning their last eight in a row and 12 of their last 14 dual matches.
Princeton is on the road on Friday afternoon to take on Cornell (7-8, 0-5 Ivy) then is back at home on Sunday afternoon to battle the Lions. Identical to Columbia's men's team, the Tigers are also seeking their 11th League title and first since 2010. A weekend sweep would send Princeton to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship for the fifth time and the third in the last six years.