Harvard will hit the road for two Ivy League matches this weekend. The Crimson will face Princeton, Friday at 2 p.m. and then travel to Penn for a match scheduled for noon on Saturday.
Harvard holds a 10-6 record entering the weekend, including a 2-0 mark in the Ivy League.
Sophomore Holly Cao holds a 12-2 record in dual matches at the No. 1 singles spot. She posted an 11-4 record in fall tournaments, giving her 23 wins on the year. Junior Samantha Rosekrans and freshman Kristin Norton both hold 11-4 records in spring action, with the elder playing the No. 4 position and the rookie at the No. 3 spot.
In doubles play, the duo of Cao and Rosekrans hold a 7-7 record in the No. 1 position.
The Tigers, ranked No. 28 in the latest Campbell’s/ITA Rankings, hold a 16-5 overall record with a perfect 3-0 mark in Ivy League play.
Harvard and Princeton met earlier this season in the third place match of the ECAC Indoor Championships. After dropping the doubles point, the Crimson fought back to win five of the six singles matches to claim a 5-2 victory over the Tigers.
The Quakers hold a 4-11 overall record and are 0-3 in Ancient Eight play. Penn has fallen 7-0 in its past three matches, and is currently on a five-match losing streak.
Last season, the Crimson won a close 4-3 match over Penn. Each team won three singles points, but Harvard won the doubles point earlier in the match to seal the victory.
Penn hosts Dartmouth Friday afternoon before facing the Crimson on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Crimson opened up Ivy League play last weekend with victories over Columbia and Cornell. On Friday afternoon, Harvard picked up the doubles point before sweeping all singles spots en route to a 7-0 win over Columbia. Saturday’s competition proved to be a little tougher as Cornell picked up the doubles point, but the Crimson rallied and won five of the six singles matches for a 5-2 win over the Big Red.
On the Outside Looking In
With a 10-6 record in dual play, Harvard sits just outside the top 50 in the latest Campbell’s/ITA Rankings at No. 53. Three of the Crimson’s losses have come at the hands of ranked opponents in No. 39 Illinois, No. 20 South Florida and No. 9 Cal.
Ivy League Queens
The Crimson has captured either the outright title or a share of the Ivy League title 18 times since 1982. Harvard split the title with Princeton in 2009.
Harvard returns home to host Brown, April 16 at 2 p.m., before traveling to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale, April 18.