HANOVER, N.H. – No. 44 Dartmouth women’s tennis will enter the final weekend of the regular season with Ivy League title hopes on the line, facing Penn on Saturday and Princeton the following day. Both matches will be played at the Thompson outdoor courts at 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).
Anything could happen this weekend. No. 49 Harvard and Princeton are tied for first in the standings with records of 4-1, while Dartmouth, Cornell and Penn all have 3-2 marks. If the Big Green sweep both of their matches to improve to 5-2, there is the potential that they could be one of four teams sharing the league title. If that were the case, there would be several scenarios requiring tie-breaking procedures to award the NCAA automatic bid.
Dartmouth (15-4) got off to a 1-2 start in conference play following losses to Harvard (4-3) and Brown (5-2) and a 4-3 victory of Yale. Last weekend, the Big Green had a good final road trip to get back into the title race by taking down Cornell (4-3) and Columbia (5-2).
For the past two seasons, Dartmouth has finished second in the Ivy standings. The Big Green have won the title once in their 44 years of existence, owning a share with the Bulldogs when both teams ended the 2011 season with records of 6-1.
Dartmouth will look to continue playing into the post season for the third year in a row. In 2015, the Big Green received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and made it to the second round following a win over William & Mary and a loss to No. 2 North Carolina. Taylor Ng further made history by qualifying for the singles championship, falling to a player from Texas A&M in the first round.
Although the team did not make the championship in 2016, Ng and Kristina Mathis became the first Dartmouth doubles team to qualify, falling to a duo from Arizona State in the Round of 32.