WEST POINT, N.Y. - First-year women's tennis player Kanika Vaidya will play for the ITA Northeast Regional Championship Tuesday after winning her quarterfinal and semifinal match Monday. Columbia's doubles team of Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga will also play for the doubles title Tuesday.
In her quarterfinal matchup, Vaidya defeated Harvard's Hideko Tachibana, 6-2, 6-4. The win set up a showdown with teammate Bianca Sanon who had also won her quarterfinal match.
Sanon took down the second-seeded Elizabeth Epstein from Yale in three sets, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4. In the all-Columbia semifinal match, Vaidya was able to come out on top, 6-0, 6-3.
Vaidya will meet Princeton's Amanda Mulliawan in Tuesday's championship match. The winner of the match will earn a coveted spot at the ITA National Indoor Tournament that begins Nov. 1 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Mulliawan, also a freshman, entered the Northeast Regional with a 5-2 mark this fall, while Vaidya has posted an 11-2 mark in her first fall at Columbia.
In the doubles semifinals, Sanon and Takenaga downed Boston College's Olga Khmylev and Jessica Wacnik, 8-6, to earn a spot in the finals.
This marks the first time in program history that Columbia is represented in both the singles and doubles finals of the Northeast Regional.