Tennis To Travel To Dartmouth For Ivy League Contest
Feb. 24, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass is set to play Dartmouth on Wednesday, February 26 at 4 p.m. in Hanover N.H. after a 10-day leave following four straight home matches. Wednesday marks the first away match for the squad in just under a month, and the Minutewomen look to clinch their first road victory of the spring season. The team also hopes to ink its first season win against an Ivy League opponent, as UMass previously suffered losses to Brown and Harvard on January 31 and February 1, respectively.
The contest marks the third dual match of the spring season for Dartmouth. The Big Green previously suffered a loss to Boston College 2-5, then, bested Boston University 4-3. Dartmouth has yet to play in a dual match since February 1 due to a series of weather cancellations.
The Minutewomen first faced Dartmouth in 1977 and hold a 3-14 record against the Ivy League opponent. UMass last clinched a victory over Dartmouth on February 22, 2006 in Hanover, N.H. The two teams met earlier this year in the fall at the Big Green Invite where Dartmouth swept Boston University in all eight singles matches. In the two teams' last dual meeting, Dartmouth captured a 6-1 victory over UMass on February 20, 2013.
Dartmouth boasts a talented roster, with multiple players ranked in the Northeast Region. No. 5 singles player, Taylor Ng, posted back-to-back singles and doubles victories over Boston College and Boston University, playing in the No. 1 spot in all matches. The freshman out of Haddonfield, N.J. was named the number one girls 18 singles Player by the USTA Middlestates prior to enrolling at Dartmouth.
Sophomore Katherine Yau is ranked No. 12 in the Northeast and is also undefeated in both singles and doubles. Paired with Ng in doubles play, the tandem is ranked 8th in the Northeast Region.
Freshman Jacqueline Crawford rounds out Dartmouth's ranked players at the No. 3 spot for singles play.
The weather forecast for Wednesday predicts a chilly afternoon at 23 degrees with a low of three and a 30% chance of snow showers in the evening.
Following Wednesday's contest, the Minutewomen will travel to New York for their first conference match against Fordham on Friday, February 28 at 11 a.m.