April 10, 2009

Tennis to Face Yale, Brown

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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.
The team looks to replicate these impressive performances this weekend, starting with a game against Yale today. The Bulldogs, who previously beat the Red 4-3 in an earlier meeting, are currently riding a three-game win streak. The Red will remain in Ithaca for its game against Brown on Saturday.
The women’s team (6-10, 2-1 Ivy) also lost to Harvard, 7-0, in its previous outing. In what proved to be the team’s first Ivy League loss of the season, the Red will look to rebound this weekend.
Cornell looks to return to its winning ways today against Yale in New Haven. Immediately after the match, the Red will travel to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown.
Although the upcoming games against the Bulldogs and the Bears present a tough challenge for the resilient women’s team, the matches also provide a chance for the Red to separate itself from a large pack of teams — Brown, Yale and Princeton — tied for second in the Ivy League standings.