AUSTIN, Texas - In the final bout of a three-game Texas trip, the Columbia men's tennis team dropped a 4-1 match at No. 8 Texas.
With the loss, the No. 24 ranked Lions fall to 10-3 on the season, after going 2-1 on the Spring Break trip.
Columbia picked up the doubles point against the Longhorns, before the home team came away with four singles points en route to the victory.
Two of the three Lions that are ranked went unfinished in their matches, as Shawn Hadavi and Jackie Tang looked strong against ranked opponents of their own. Hadavi, who came in as the No. 72 ranked singles player, won the second set against No. 12 Christian Sigsgaard, before the two top players had their match called upon the Texas clinch. Tang, who is ranked No. 83 in the ITA, led No. 34 Yuya Ito 7-5, 4-1, when the same situation arose.
Both Tang and Hadavi were part of the victorious doubles point for the Lions, as the 67th ranked pair came away with the second point, 7-6 (7-3) against Ito and Colin Markes. The other doubles win came for Christopher Grant and Michal Rolski, who upended Sigsgaard and Julian Zlobinski, 6-3, in the third doubles match.
Up next, the Lions will battle Bryant in the final non-conference match of the season, which takes place Sunday, March 26 at noon. Following the match with the Bulldogs, Columbia opens Ivy League play against Cornell at home on April 1.
Doubles (Finish Order: 3-2)
1 - Pham/Pham unf. Telles/Goldhoff, 6-6
2 - Hadavi/Tang def. Ito/Markes, 7-6 (7-3)
3 - Grant/Rolski def. Sigsgaard/Zlobinsky, 6-3
Singles (Finish Order: 6-5-4-2)