HANOVER, N.H. – No. 44 Dartmouth women’s tennis won a share of the Ivy League title with a 5-2 victory over Princeton in the regular season finale at the Thompson outdoor courts on Saturday. The Big Green – which were honoring Jacqueline Crawford and Taylor Ng on their Senior Day – improved to 17-4 overall and 5-2 in conference action.
Dartmouth claimed a share of the title with Harvard and Cornell, which also ended the year with five Ivy wins. This is the first time since 2011 that the Big Green have finished first in the league.
By comparing head-to-head records against the next best team outside of the tie and continuing down the standings until the tie is broken, Dartmouth won the conference’s NCAA automatic bid by virtue of its win over Penn, a team that defeated both the Crimson and the Big Red.
“We’re very excited to bring another Ivy League title back to Dartmouth,” head coach Bob Dallis said. “Our success is a testament to the team’s resilience and never-say-die attitude, as well as the incredible coaching of my assistant, Dave Jones. We started the Ivy League season at 1-2 and were down 3-0 against Cornell in Ithaca. But the team displayed a lot of grit and determination to come back and beat Cornell, 4-3, and then win the remainder of our Ivy matches against Columbia, Penn and Princeton.
We want to thank all of our families, alumni and community members who supported us throughout the year,” Dallis continued. “We have the best fans in the Ivy League and they were incredible today. We’re looking forward to returning to the NCAA team Championship and to representing Dartmouth on the national stage.”
At No. 1 doubles, Ng and junior Kristina Mathis had a 6-2 win over Caroline Joyce and Nicole Kalhorn, but Princeton got one of its own with a 6-4 win on court two. Crawford and junior Lexxi Kiven played a close match against Clare McKee and Katrine Steffensen and gave the first point of the day to Dartmouth following a 7-5 victory.
The Tigers tied the score with a win at No. 5 singles, but the Big Green went on to take three straight matches to clinch the victory. Freshman Allison McCann gave Dartmouth the go ahead with a 6-3, 6-0 defeat of McKee at No. 6 and Crawford followed that up by taking down Joyce at No. 2 by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Mathis claimed the win with her 6-3, 6-1 victory over Tiffany Chen on court three.
The teams continued to play the remaining two matches at the No. 4 and 1 positions. While junior Julia Schroeder dropped a very tough superbreaker to Sivan Krems at No. 4, Ng won her superbreaker against Steffensen at the top spot.
Dartmouth will find out who it will face at the NCAA Championship in the NCAA.com Selection Show at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.
1) Ng/Mathis (Dartmouth) def. Joyce/Kalhorn (Princeton), 6-2
2) Krems/Pollner (Princeton) def. Schroeder/Lyn (Dartmouth), 6-4
3) Crawford/Kiven (Dartmouth) def. McKee/Steffensen (Princeton), 7-5
1) Ng (Dartmouth) def. Steffensen (Princeton), 6-2, 6-7, 10-8
2) Crawford (Dartmouth) def. Joyce (Princeton), 6-1, 6-2
3) Mathis (Dartmouth) def. Chen (Princeton), 6-3, 6-1
4) Krems (Princeton) def. Schroeder (Dartmouth), 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
5) Kalhorn (Princeton) def. Lyn (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-2
6) McCann (Dartmouth) def. McKee (Princeton), 6-3, 6-0