April 12, 2002

Women look to bounce back from Dartmouth loss

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The women’s tennis team will look to improve its standing in the Ivy League this weekend when it hosts Brown and Yale. The Red (11-5, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off a heart-wrenching 4-3 loss to Dartmouth last weekend.

Brown comes to the East Hill after losing decisively to Penn last weekend. The Bears (11-3. 1-1) are currently ranked 70th in the nation and pose a serious challenge to the Red. Last season, Cornell lost its only meeting against Brown on the road.

Also on a slide, the Bulldogs come to town on a two-match losing streak. Yale is 10-5 on the year and is still looking for its first Ivy win of the season.

Biffy Kaufman and Susie Hiniker have been the squad’s best singles players, with each posting a winning record. Kaufman holds a remarkable 18-4 mark in the No. 3 singles position while Hiniker is 17-9 in the fourth slot.

Kaufman and Andrea Goldberg are a formidable force, having combined to win 16 of their 25 doubles matches this season.

For the Red, junior Suzanne Wright leads the way in the No. 1 position. She has been almost automatic this season, winning all but a handful of her singles matches. Freshman Akane Kokubo has also stepped up and has become a steady player at the third singles spot.

It is imperative for the Red to play consistently this weekend if it is to escape with two victories. It will have an advantage, as it plays in the friendly confines of Reis Tennis Center.

Cornell’s match against Brown will begin today at 2:00 p.m. Yale visits at noon tomorrow.

Archived article by Alex Ip