Box Score

ATLANTAJackie Tang won a single title and paired with Victor Pham to earn a doubles championship as the Columbia men’s tennis team impressed during the MLK Invitational at Georgia Tech.

Tang was victorious in a trio of singles matches, including a win against No. 33 ranked Walker Duncan of Georgia, over the three days of matches. The No. 38 ranked sophomore opened with the win over Duncan on Saturday, before a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Georgia Tech’s Chris Yun on Sunday, and a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Zeke Clark from Illinois today.

Alongside Pham, the pair posted three wins on the doubles side as well, which should give a boost to their No. 15 ranking. Pham and Tang topped Jan Zielinski/Robert Loeb (Georgia) by a 7-5 margin on day one, before sneaking by Michael Kay and Carlos Divar from Georgia Tech in a 7-6 (4-0) match, and defeating Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic from Illinois, 6-4.

Columbia's top singles player came away with a 2-1 record in the new year, as Pham picked up a couple of tough victories himself. The junior fought-off No. 25 Emil Reinberg from Georgia on day one, going 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for the win. Pham then fell to Georgia Tech's No. 85 ranked Carlos Divar in three sets, before bouncing back to beat Alex Brown from Illinois, 6-4, 6-1.

Also impressing in singles play was Jack Lin, who went 3-0 over the weekend. The rookie opened with a win over No. 66 ranked Nathan Ponwith from Georgia in 6-4, 6-1 fashion, before two more straight-set victories against Georgia Tech’s Phillip Gresk and Caleb Chakravarthi from Illinois. His first-year teammate Austen Huang also posted a trio of singles wins, all coming in straight sets.

Up next, the Lions host Old Dominion in the first home dual of the season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.