June 29, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
The Yale women's tennis team's 2006-2007 schedule includes eight nationally-ranked opponents, head coach Danielle Lund announced Thursday. No. 9 Duke and No. 21 Harvard top the list, which also features NC State (31), Maryland (35), Penn (42), UC-Irvine (53), San Diego (55), and Marshall (62).
Lund said she was excited about the strength of the Elis' schedule.
"Our goal in planning the schedule was to play challenging, ranked opponents on a regular basis," Lund said. "I believe the tough competition will raise the level of our program, give our team the chance to qualify for an NCAA berth, and help our top players' chances of getting into the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments."
Harvard has won the Ivy League's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament each of the past four years. Yale's last Ivy title came in 1989, when the Elis shared with Harvard. The Bulldogs shared with Princeton and Harvard in 1983, the year after the NCAA tournament started, and shared with Princeton in 1980, the first year of Ancient Eight women's tennis competition. Yale has never won an Ivy title outright.
Lund aims to change that. She said the tough schedule is a move in the right direction.
"This is one of the first steps in our team rising to a top national program."