March 10, 2004

Tennis Stays No. 68

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After going 2-2 at last weekend’s HEB Championships, the men’s tennis team remained No. 68 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll.

Around the Ivies, Harvard improved to No. 14, Yale re-entered the top 75, and Brown stayed put at No. 52. All three schools had defeated No. 58 New Mexico last week.

The Lobos started their New England trip with a loss to Brown, 6-1, on Thursday. Next it was on to Cambridge, where the Crimson defeated the hapless visitors by the same score.

Yale, who has been unranked for most of the season, was next to enjoy a victory over New Mexico. The Elis won 5-2, on Saturday.

The Lobos may have had trouble adjusting to indoor tennis, a reverse of the problem the Red faced at the HEB tournament in Texas. The Cornell netters, having competed in indoor arenas all winter long, faced a challenge in adapting to their new setting.

Other cold-weather schools at the tourney had similar problems.

In the ITA’s individual rankings, Harvard’s David Lingman improved to No. 35 after beating New Mexico’s No. 22 Divan Coetzee. Lingman began the year ranked 88th.

Harvard’s No. 14 ranking is the highest any Ivy team has achieved since 1998.


Archived article by Ted Nyman