Men’s Tennis Misses the Mark, Women’s Season Ends With Losses to Princeton and Penn.

Men’s tennis fell short in its attempt to win the Ivy League title last weekend by losing two-straight Ivy matches against No. 39 Princeton (18-8, 4-3 Ivy) and No. 45 Penn (19-5, 6-1 Ivy).

On Friday, the Red (16-8, 3-3 Ivy) headed to New Jersey to face the first of its two ranked opponents in Princeton. It was a tough matchup as Cornell lost 1-4. Although the score may not show it, it was a close match as two of the singles matches went to three sets. The sole Red point came from senior Alafia Ayeni at No. 1 singles when he defeated nationally-ranked Ryan Seggerman of Princeton, giving Ayeni his 18th individual win of the season.

Two days later, the Red returned home to host Penn in its penultimate match of the season. It was Cornell that got on the board first, with the nationally-ranked doubles pairing of Ayeni and junior Vladislav Melnic, defeating another ranked pair at No. 1 doubles. The Red was able to clinch the doubles point as the senior duo of Evan Bynoe and Pietro Rimondini won at No. 3 doubles. Going into the singles matches with a 1-0 lead, the Red quickly dissipated, as the Quakers won four straight-set victories to clinch the match, 4-1.

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