NEW YORK – William Matheson and Jack Lin bested Victor Pham and Jackie Tang in the finals of the ITA Northeast Regional, in a match played at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. With the win, the pair advance to the Fall National Championship, which takes stage November 1-5 in Indian Wells, California.
Matheson and Lin fought off Pham and Tang to take the first set, 6-4. In the second set, both teams were able to hold serve throughout, despite Tang and Pham having a double-set point with a 6-5 lead. In the tiebreaker, Tang and Pham got off to a 4-0 lead, but Matheson and Lin fought back to win the match, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
The two Columbia pairs got to the championship match after an impressive weekend against the rest of the teams in the Northeast Regional, which all took place at Yale aside from today’s final.
Pham and Tang received a bye while playing in the First Quarter, and had a dominant run. The closest match for the pair came against Princeton’s doubles team of Tso and Roberts, with the Columbia squad advancing with an 8-5 victory. The pair bested Hofstra’s Haener/Vulinovich (8-2), St. John’s Sucevic/Crapcenco (8-1) before a semifinal win against Dartmouth’s Broom/Glasnovic, 6-3, 6-4.
In the Third Quarter, Lin and Matheson had to post five wins in order to make it to today’s final. The pair cruised to 8-2 victories against Cestarollo/Nath (Binghamton) and Bianco/Martinez (St. Bonaventure) in their first two matches, before holding on for an 8-7 win against Yale’s King/Z. Wang. Columbia’s champions then topped two Dartmouth’s doubles teams, including a 6-4, 6-0 semifinal win against Fliegner/Conklin to advance to the final.
Lin and Matheson will join Pham at the ITA Fall National Championship, Nov. 1-5, as Pham took command during the singles portion of the Northeast Regional, winning the tournament.
Pham came away with six victories all against competition from the Ivy League, showing his prowess in the process. His first two wins came via 6-1, 6-1 tallies, before only surrendering as much as three games in a set one time over the next three matches.
The No. 38 ranked player in the preseason ITA rankings had to then face another ranked opponent in the championship final, Cornell’s David Volfson. The Big Red junior posted a preseason singles ranking of No. 109, but was no match for Pham, who won 6-3, 6-3.
Pham’s latest triumph came on the heels of an impressive fall season, where he improved to 12-3 in 2017. This junior enters the Fall National Championship with wins over No. 31 Aron Hiltzik (Illinois), No. 76 Felipe Sarrasague (Elon), No. 3 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest), and Arizona State’s Michael Geerts, who holds a career best ranking of No. 435 on the ATP Tour.
Of the Saratoga, California, natives three losses, one was to No. 11 Brandon Holt (USC) after he advanced to the Championship match of the Oracle ITA Masters, and another was to top-ranked Mikael Torpegaard from Ohio State, who had to fight back after dropping the first set to Pham.