HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s tennis will play its final matches of the regular season this weekend, traveling first to New Jersey to face Penn on Saturday before taking on Princeton the following day.
The Ivy League standings could change drastically over the weekend. Right now, there is a three-way tie for first between Cornell, Columbia and Harvard with their records of 4-1. Princeton is fourth with a 2-2 mark, while Yale and Dartmouth are tied for fifth with 2-3 records. Penn (1-3) and Brown (0-5) sit in the bottom two spots.
If the Big Green sweep both of their matches and the three teams in first drop theirs, there is potential for six of the eight teams to sit atop the standings with four wins apiece. In that were the case, there would be several scenarios requiring tie-breaking procedures to award the NCAA automatic bid.
Dartmouth (10-13) has played a very tough schedule in 2017, which featured 11 ranked opponents. Most recently, the team defeated Hofstra by a score of 4-0, giving head coach Chris Drake his 100th win since arriving in Hanover in 2011.
Last season, the Big Green finished in second place in the conference with an overall record of 18-9 and 6-1 in Ivy play, sitting behind Columbia with its perfect 7-0 mark. In 2016, Dartmouth earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1997, falling to No. 31 Tulane in the first round.