Women's Tennis Has Chance to Clinch Ivy Title

PHILADELPHIA – In an identical situation with the men’s tennis team, the women’s tennis team at Penn is just one more Ivy win away from clinching at least a share of the Ivy League title. At Cornell today, the Quakers will face off against the Big Red at 2 p.m.; with a win, Penn would be 6-0 in Ivy play, and assure themselves at least a piece of the Ivy League trophy. The Red and Blue will be back in Philly on Saturday at noon, when they will try and beat Columbia to win the title outright. Saturday’s match will be the last home even for senior captain Ashley Lostritto.

On the Line
This weekend’s matches are about more than just bragging rights – there’s an Ivy title on the line. Penn sits in first place in the league, with a 5-0 record going into Friday’s match. But Yale sits right behind them at 4-1, and both Cornell and Princeton are still in contention, tied for third with 3-2 records. With one win this weekend, the Quakers assure themselves at least a share of the title, but it will take two wins for them to take it outright, and earn the automatic NCAA bid.

Last Time Out
The Quakers are coming off of a big Ivy League weekend, as they beat both Harvard and Dartmouth on the road last week. The women beat defending champions Harvard in a resounding 7-0 sweep, and continued their success the next day, as they swept Dartmouth 7-0 as well.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is 3-2 in the League, and 10-4 overall. The Big Red were undefeated in the league going into last weekend’s match ups, but lost two tough decisions on the road, a 4-3 loss at Brown, and a 7-0 defeat at Yale.

Scouting the Lions
The Lions have struggled this season, as they are 4-8 overall, and 1-3 in the league. They’ve dropped three straight matches, all 6-1 defeats at the hands of Harvard, Yale and Brown. Two of the singles points in the losses came from sophomore Lauren Shearer, who plays at No. 4 for the Lions.

History
For the past two years, Columbia has proved to be a challenge for the Quakers. Last year, Penn snuck by the Lions, winning by a close margin, 4-3. In 2005, the Red and Blue came out on top, by a close 5-2 victory.

The Big Red has proved to be an easier win for Penn in recent times. In the past two years, they’ve beaten Cornell soundly, both times by a score of 6-1.

Friday’s match against Cornell will begin at 2 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y., while Saturday’s match against Columbia will take place on the Lott Courts, and is slated to start at noon.