Of the several arguments that pervade the National Basketball Association today, there is none more controversial, more polarizing, and more litigious than the debate on whom the best player in the game is: Kobe Bean Bryant or LeBron Raymone James. Kobe Bryant embodies an extremely talented, hard-working, technically sound prodigy whose work-ethic is unknown to most of his peers. In LeBron James, players and fans alike see an enormously gifted, duly scintillating, freak of an athlete who is perhaps the only player in all of sports that has exceeded all the hype surrounding him, having garnered national attention early in his career. So which of these players is better?
The results of the final games, played this weekend, accurately reflected the seasons of both Red tennis teams. While the men cruised at home against Princeton on Friday and edged out Penn on Sunday, the women’s team got bageled by Princeton in New Jersey and came up short against Penn in its home season finale at the Reis Tennis Center. The men (14-5, 5-2 Ivy) finished second in the Ivy League standings while their female counterparts (6-14, 2-5 Ivy) ended their season with a five game losing streak.
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.
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 first meet of this year’s rowing season could not have started out much better for both Cornell squads. The season premiere coincided with one of the most beautiful days of the year so far and both teams capitalized on the encouraging weather. The men grabbed victories in all five races, while the women earned wins in four of the five contests.[img_assist|nid=36400|title=Ants on a log|desc=The men’s crew teams started out their spring season in grand fashion Saturday afternoon, sweeping their events at the Ithaca College Invite.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The women’s tennis team could not capitalize on a strong effort this past weekend, losing a close contest to Syracuse by a score of 3-4. After suffering a similar defeat to University of Buffalo earlier in the week, the Red was unable to pick up a win against the Orange, extending its current losing streak to four games. On the other side of the coin, the men’s team, while sitting out its Georgia State contest due to rain, split a pair of matches on Friday to start off its southern road trip. The team beat Wofford College early in the day, 7-0, but then lost to Furman College, 4-3.[img_assist|nid=35717|title=Don’t blink|desc=Freshman Stephanie Kent is one of the women who won their singles matches against Syracuse this weekend.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Rookies Allison Abt and Allie Munson are turning heads with their recent play on the court for the women’s basketball team. Both rookies seem to have the air of seasoned veterans, and have become integral to the Red’s success.
Allison Abt was commended by the Ivy League, awarded Rookie of the Week honors for her impressive performance last weekend against Yale and Brown. In the Red’s 80-62 victory over Yale, Abt was 7-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-5 from deep for a career high 20 points. Abt also pulled down three rebounds and blocked one shot for the Red, helping the team break a four-game skid. Against Brown, Abt scored eight points and racked up a game- and career-high eight rebounds, while picking up an assist and blocking one shot.
In what turned out to be a grueling, yet encouraging, weekend for the women’s tennis team, the Red suffered consecutive losses against Binghamton University and the University of Buffalo. After losing its game on Friday to the Bearcats by a score of 6-1, the Red couldn’t capitalize on a strong effort the following day, falling short, 3-4, to a talented Buffalo team.