NEW YORK - After dropping the doubles point, the Columbia men's tennis team had a strong showing in singles play to defeat Old Dominion, 4-3, in the first dual of the spring.
The win for the No. 23 team in the country moves Columbia to 1-0, with the ITA Kick-Off looming next week.
Rookie Jack Lin and William Matheson dropped the No. 2 doubles match, before Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski evened the doubles point with a 6-2 win. The Monarchs ended up taking the point when Aziz Kijametovic and Francois Musitelli upset the No. 15 ranked Columbia pair of Victor Pham and Jackie Tang, 6-4.
Columbia evened the score at 1-1, thanks to a win from No. 122 Timothy Wang in the No. 6 singles match, as he got by Javier Jover Maestre, 6-0, 6-2. That victory was the first of four consecutive that finished with the Lions ahead, as the strong singles play led to the victory.
Lin was dominant in the No. 3 match, topping Vincent Schneider, 6-2, 6-1. The No. 19 ranked Pham was third, posting a 6-3, 7-5 win over Adam Moundir in the top singles match. Sophomore Alex Keyser posted the clinching victory for Columbia, defeating Musitelli, 6-1, 6-3.
The Lions take on Ole Miss on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2-3-1)
Kijametovic/Musitelli def. No. 15 Pham/Tang, 6-4
Moundir/Maestre def. No. 31 Lin/Matheson, 6-1
Ambrozy/Rolski def. Schneider/Nicolussi, 6-2
Singles (Order of Finish: 6-3-1-4-2-5)
No. 19 Victor Pham def. Adam Moundir, 6-3, 7-5
Aziz Kijametovic def. No. 38 Jackie Tang, 7-5, 6-4
Jack Lin def. Vincent Schneider, 6-2, 6-1
Alex Keyser def. Francois Musitelli 6-1, 6-3
Jacob Nicolussi def. Austen Huang, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 122 Timothy Wang def. Javier Jover Maestre, 6-0, 6-2