NEW YORK - A doubles point victory and a trio of singles wins helped the No. 22 Columbia men's tennis team upend Penn, 4-0.
Today's victory was the 27th consecutive Ivy League win for the Lions, who are off to a 2-0 start in the conference and sit at 13-3 overall.
The third doubles team of Michal Rolski and Christopher Grant got the day started with a 6-2 victory against Josh Pompan and Thomas Spratt. Less than a minute after that win, the No. 28 pair of Victor Pham and Richard Pham locked up the doubles point, defeating Marshall Sharp and Nicholai Westergaard, 6-3.
Singles play got off to a fast start for the Lions, when Timothy Wang won the first set in the No. 6 match, 6-0, while was not far behind him in a 6-1 win in the second match. Wang would go on to upend Max Cancilla, 6-0, 6-3, giving Columbia a 2-0 lead, as he improved to 13-3 this spring.
Shortly after Wang's win, Alex Keyser made it a 3-0 Lion lead when he got by Matt Nardella, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 4 match, earning his first career Ivy League victory in the process.
All eyes at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center then turned to Court 4, where Pham was knotted up, 6-6, in the second set against Nicolas Podesta. The sophomore would go on to dominate the tiebreaker, 7-3, clinching the match for Columbia, as Pham improved to 9-6 this spring.
The Lions now have a quick turnaround, as they will head to Princeton on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
Doubles (Finish Order: 3-1)
No. 28 Pham/Pham def. Sharp/Westergaard, 6-3
No. 87 Hadavi/Tang unf. Mautner/Nardella, 4-3
Grant/Rolski def. Pompan/Spratt, 6-2
Singles (Finish Order: 6-4-2)
No. 97 Shawn Hadavi unf. Kyle Mautner, 6-7 (10-12), 2-1
No. 67 Victor Pham def. Nicolas Podesta, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 125 Jackie Tang unf. Josh Pompan, 3-6, 6-2, 1-1
Alex Keyser def. Matt Nardella, 6-3, 6-4
William Matheson unf. Nicholai Westergaard, 6-7 (0-7), 6-1
Timothy Wang def. Max Cancilla, 6-0, 6-3