NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's tennis team (9-10, 1-3 Ivy) has only three matches left in the season; two will be decided this weekend. First, Yale will host the No. 65 Harvard Crimson (13-9, 2-2 Ivy League) outdoors, weather permitting, on Friday at 2p.m. This will be Yale's first home match to be played outdoors.
The Harvard-Yale tennis rivalry began in 1922. Last season, Harvard edged Yale 4-3, ending Yale's hopes for an Ivy League Title and bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year, the Bulldogs will have the home court advantage and five of six singles players from last year's roster to face Harvard. In the Ivy League, Harvard has beaten Penn and Princeton, but fallen to both No. 50 Cornell and No. 58 Princeton.
After playing Harvard, the Bulldogs will travel to Hanover to take on the Dartmouth Big Green (11-6, 2-2 Ivy). Dartmouth has beaten both Columbia (5-2) and Penn (4-3), but fallen to Princeton (4-3) and Penn (4-3) this season. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated the Big Green by a 5-2 score, winning the doubles point and the top four singles matches in straight sets. All four Bulldogs who scored remain on Yale's roster this season: sophomores Marc Powers, John Huang, and Daniel Hoffman, and senior captain Calvin Bennett.
The Bulldogs have lost three straight Ivy League matches, but all by a 4-3 score. Against Columbia, all of the matches that the Bulldogs lost were in three sets.
After this weekend, the Bulldogs have one match left, against Brown.
Report by Courtney Kaplan '13, Yale Sports Publicity