Mixed Results From Tennis Teams

In important matches against its Ancient Eight rivals this weekend, the Red tennis teams saw mixed results. The men’s team (12-5, 3-2 Ivy) remained perfect at home, beating Yale 6-1 on Friday and defeating Brown, 5-2, on Saturday. The women’s team, facing the same opponents on the road, dropped both matches, losing 7-0 in both outings.

Tennis to Face Yale, Brown

As the weather gets nicer, the opponents get tougher and the games become more consequential for the Cornell men’s and women’s tennis teams. After suffering losses to Harvard in their last outing, both the men’s and women’s teams look to return to their winning ways this weekend, in games against Ivy League foes, Yale and Brown.
The men’s team (10-5, 1-2 Ivy) was edged out by Harvard, 4-3, on Saturday. The loss reflected the team’s recent underwhelming play, having also lost to Columbia before its match against the Crimson. The Red, which previously held a six-game win streak over Spring Break, currently possesses a losing record, 1-2, against Ancient Eight rivals.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Begin Ivy League Season Against Columbia This Weekend

After an extremely successful trip to the west coast, men’s tennis begins its Ivy campaign in New York City against Columbia on Saturday. The Red (9-3) is on a seven game winning streak.
In their matchup last year, the Red lost in an extremely tight match, 4-3. However, the team has many more wins this year than it did going into its Ivy season, and their success on the road in Calif. during spring break will to be a big confidence booster against the Ancient Eight.
The women’s team has had the opposite result in both their California sojourn and their preaseason. The women (4-9) are struggling. The team took two straight losses in California after defeating Azusa Pacific University. The Red will host Columbia at home at Reis Tennis center.

Women’s Tennis Finishes Near Back of Pack at Championships

[img_assist|nid=35181|title=Eye on the prize|desc=The women’s tennis team entered the ECAC Indoor Championships seeded sixth and finished the tournament in sixth.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]According to freshman Stephanie Kent, “the score didn’t reflect the level of play.”
Sophomore Ruxandra Dumitrescu and senior Shayna Miller each dropped their first sets against the Bears, 6-2, before losing their second sets on tiebreakers, 7-6 (2). Gut-wrenching losses became a theme over the weekend.
“We learned that any match can go either way,” Miller said. “We need to work for every point because that point could potentially decide the match.”

Men’s Tennis Will Need Help From Youngsters Against Penn State

The men’s tennis team will be back in action for the first time since November when it takes on Penn State to open its dual season this Sunday morning in University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions are coming off back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and Duke this past weekend, and will matchup against Virginia Tech on Saturday before hosting Cornell. The Red has been solid thus far this season, with freshman Evan Bernstein notching singles wins, and sophomores Jeremy Feldman and Andy Gauthier proving an effective doubles combination. On the women’s side, the Red will host Siena College on Saturday at 11 a.m., and then return to the courts four hours later to take on Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Reis Tennis Center.