CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The season came to a close for the Columbia men's tennis team after a 4-0 defeat at No. 2 Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament.
The No. 23 Lions finish the season at 18-5, having won its fourth consecutive Ivy League Championship this year.
Virginia took the lead with a doubles point victory, taking the No. 1 and No. 2 matches for the point. No. 17 Luca Corinteli and Carl Soderlund topped No. 65 Victor Pham and Richard Pham, 6-1, before Shawn Hadavi and Jackie Tang fell to Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard, 6-3.
The Caviliers chipped away in singles play, taking the bottom three matches to get the four team points.
After dropping the first set, 6-1, Timothy Wang jumped out to a lead in the second set against No. 102 Henrik Wierschol. Despite this, Wierschol would hold on to win the next six games and defeat Wang, 6-1, 6-3.
Shortly after the Virginia victory at No. 6, the home team won the No. 5 match behind No. 109 J.C. Aragone, as Adam Ambrozy fell, 6-2, 6-3.
With four singles matches remaining, Tang was a set up on Soderlund in the No. 3 match, Hadavi was cruising in the second set in the top match, Pham was fighting No. 14 Kwaitkowski having dropped the first set, 7-5, and Alex Keyser was trying to stay alive against No. 40 Collin Altamirano at No. 4. That fourth match would be the difference maker for the Caviliers, as Altamirano picked up the match-clinching 6-3, 6-1 win over Keyser.
While the team will not advance to Athens, Georgia, in the NCAA Men's Tennis tournament, Victor Pham is set to play in the NCAA Singles Tournament, having qualified as the highest ranked Ivy League player.