NEW YORK, N.Y.—Despite three singles victories, the Columbia women’s tennis team couldn’t overcome a large deficit as Princeton rallied to claim three lower level singles matches in registering a 4-3 women’s tennis victory over the Lions Sunday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The match served as Columbia’s Homecoming event.
After Princeton won the doubles point, Columbia junior Alexandra Solovyev put the Lions on the board and evened the score at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over Princeton’s Katherine Steffengen. Princeton regained the lead at 2-1 when Gaby Pollner notched a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over Columbia first-year Renee Ren. Princeton then went up 3-1 when Nicole Kalhorn registered a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles over Columbia first-year Ali Pollack.
The final three matches were all closely contested, back and forth affairs. Columbia sophomore Andrea Kevakian took a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win over Princeton’s Tiffany Chen which closed the Lion deficit to 3-2. Princeton’s Caroline Joyce sealed the Tigers’ team win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Columbia junior Rima Asatrian. Columbia junior Adi Milstein and Princeton’s Clare McKee were the last two players standing at No. 5 singles as Milstein captured a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 decision to make the final score Princeton 4, Columbia 3.
Princeton (11-7, 2-1 Ivy League) took a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point. After Columbia’s Asatrian and Kevakian finished off Princeton’s Pollner/Vives 6-0, the Tigers evened the score when Joyce/Kalhorn registered a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Milstein/Solovyev. Princeton’s McKee/Steffengen broke the tie with a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles over Columbia’s Pollack/Ren.
It was the second matchup of the year for the two programs as Princeton claimed a 4-2 victory over Columbia at the ECAC Tournament.
Columbia (5-12, 1-2 Ivy League) is back in action next weekend for its final two home matches at Dick Savitt Tennis Center when it hosts Harvard on Friday (2 p.m.) and Dartmouth on Saturday (2 p.m.). Friday’s match against Harvard is scheduled as a Spring Spirit Game. The first 50 students to attend receive a free Columbia Athletics string bag.
PRINCETON 4, COLUMBIA 3
Sunday, April 9, 2017, Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.
No. 1: Alexandra Solovyev (Columbia) def. Katherine Steffengen (Princeton) 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) def. Tiffany Chen (Princeton) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
No. 4: Nicole Kalhorn (Princeton) def. Ali Pollack (Columbia) 7-6, 6-2.
No. 5: Adi Milstein (Columbia) def. Clare McKee (Princeton) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
No. 6: Gaby Pollner (Princeton) def. Renee Ren (Columbia), 6-3, 6-3.
Finish Order: Singles- 1, 6, 4, 2, 3, 5; Doubles- 2, 1, 3; Final Score: Princeton 4, Columbia 3; Time of Match: 2:53. Records: Columbia: 5-12, 1-2 Ivy League; Princeton: 11-7, 2-1 Ivy League; Attendance: 137.