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No. 59 Bulldogs on the Road to Empire State for Second Ivy Weekend

Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hanna Yu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. —The No. 59-ranked Yale women's tennis team will play its second set of Ivy League matches this weekend with trips to Cornell and No. 33 Columbia. The Bulldogs are 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. 

Yale had its Ivy opener last weekend at home, where it fell to No. 69 Princeton Friday before following up the next day with a win over Penn. Senior captain Annie Sullivan played No. 3 singles in both matches and cruised to easy wins. The Bulldogs took the doubles point in both matches with repeat wins from sophomore Ree Ree Li and junior Hanna Yu at No. 2.

Cornell has gotten off to a slow start this season, losing its first three Ivy matches, all by a score of 6-1. Saturday's meeting with Yale will be the Big Red's first Ivy League match at home. 

The Lions, on the other hand, have taken an early lead in the League, winning their first three matches and boasting a 14-2 record overall. While the Bulldogs have claimed the Ivy League title for three straight seasons, in 2013 that title was split with Columbia, who also went 6-1 in League play. In the two teams' last meeting in February, the Lions defeated the Bulldogs 4-1 to earn their first win over Yale since 2006.

This weekend's matches will be crucial for a Yale team on the hunt for a fourth-straight Ivy League championship. Both matches will be played at 12:00 p.m.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity