NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, Yale will compete against Harvard and Dartmouth in a weekend of matchups that could determine the Ivy League championship. Friday, the Bulldogs will visit Harvard for a 2 p.m. matchup, and then Sunday Dartmouth will come to Yale for a showdown at noon.
In the chase for the Ivy League title, Brown and Dartmouth stand at the head of the pack with 4-0 records. Next come Yale and Harvard, at 3-1, and Princeton at 3-2 rounds out the group of contenders. Yale, Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth all control their own fates at this point; all of them can win the Ivy League by winning out.
The championship implications add extra spice to the Harvard matchup, which, given the rivalry, would have special significance regardless. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs faced off against the Crimson in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament, coming away with a 6-1 victory. Both teams were playing with slightly different lineups at the time, but nonetheless Yale came away with wins at the top two doubles spots and wins everywhere in singles except at No. 1, where Harvard boasts No. 86 Holly Cao, who has only one loss on the season. Last year, Yale also defeated Harvard 6-1 in the ECAC semifinals, but went on to lose 4-3 in their regular season matchup, a trend the Bulldogs will hope to buck this season.
The match against Dartmouth will have equal championship implications, but there is less of a track record to examine for hints as to how the match will play out. Last season Yale came away with a 6-1 victory, but Dartmouth has overhauled their lineup since, with three new players entering into the equation on the singles side and a completely retooled doubles lineup.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity