NEW YORK—Columbia opened its spring 2018 season with back-to-back victories over Rhode Island (7-0) and Saint Peter’s (7-0) in a women’s tennis doubleheader Friday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. With the two victories, Columbia head coach Ilene Weintraub CC’02 became the first coach in school history to win 100 career dual matches. She is already the winningest coach in program history. The day also marked Weintraub’s birthday as the team celebrated with cake after the matches.

 

In the opener against Rhode Island, Columbia earned its first dual match victory of the season, registering a 7-0 team win. Columbia claimed the doubles point as first-year Christie Wan and senior Adi Milstein combined to win a 6-2 decision over Rhode Island’s Mihaela Codreanu and Rachel Smilansky followed by sophomore Ali Pollack and sophomore Brianna Williams, who teamed to win at No. 2 doubles over Rhode Island’s Ariel Haber and Halah Davis.

 

Columbia junior Andrea Kevakian registered the first of three straight singles wins for the Lions as she claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 over Rhode Island’s Ariel Haber. Senior Adi Milstein clinched Columbia’s team win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Rhode Island’s Paige Alshon at No. 5 singles, which was followed by a 6-0, 6-3 win by sophomore Ali Pollack over Halah Davis at No. 4. Since Rhode Island had only five active players competing due to injuries, the Rams forfeited the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles matches.

 

The Lions’ two first-years, Christie Wan and Jennifer Kerr both opened the spring season with long, close matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively. After dropping the first set 6-7 to Rhode Island’s Smilansky, Kerr responded by taking the second set 6-1, then claimed the match with a 10-4 score in the tiebreaker. Wan defeated Rhode Island’s Mihaela Codreanu 7-5, 6-3 to finish off Columbia’s 7-0 win.

 

Columbia claimed a 7-0 victory against Saint Peter’s in the afternoon session. It took just one hour and six minutes to defeat the Peacocks as Columbia won all five singles matches 6-0, 6-0 and lost just one game in doubles competition.

 

Columbia (2-0) is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Syracuse for an 11 a.m. match.

 

COLUMBIA 7, RHODE ISLAND 0

Friday, January 26, 2018, Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.

 

Singles

No. 1: Christie Wan (Columbia) defeats Mihaela Codreanu (RI) 7-5, 6-3.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeats Rachel Smilansky (RI) 6-7, 6-1, 10-4.

No. 3: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeats Ariel Haber (RI) 6-1, 6-0.

No. 4: Ali Pollack (Columbia) defeats Halah Davis (RI) 6-0, 6-3.

No. 5: Adi Milstein (Columbia) defeats Paige Alshon (RI) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6: Columbia wins by forfeit

 

Doubles

No. 1: Christie Wan/Adi Milstein (Columbia) defeats Mihaela Codreanu/Rachel Smilansky (RI) 6-2.

No. 2: Ali Pollack/Brianna Williams (Columbia) defeats Ariel Haber/Halah Davis (RI) 6-3.

No. 3: Columbia wins by forfeit

 

Final Score: Columbia 7, Rhode Island 0; Time of Match: 2:20. Order of Finish: Doubles- 1, 2. Singles- 6, 3, 5, 4, 2, 1. Records: Columbia: 1-0; Rhode Island 0-2. Attendance: 79.

 

COLUMBIA 7, SAINT PETER’S 0

Friday, January 26, 2018, Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.

 

Singles

No. 1: Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeats Stephanie Falcon (Saint Peter’s) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Sarah Hu (Columbia) defeats Azuri Hughes (Saint Peter’s) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3: Renee Ren (Columbia) defeats Aidah Muhammad (Saint Peter’s) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 4: Sarah Rahman (Columbia) defeats Marta Ortega (Saint Peter’s) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 5: Brianna Williams (Columbia) defeats Jennifer Guiherme (Saint Peter’s) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6: Columbia wins by forfeit

 

Doubles

No. 1: Sarah Hu/Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeats Stephanie Falcon/Azuri Hughes (Saint Peter’s) 6-0.

No. 2: Andrea Kevakian/Renee Ren (Columbia) defeats Aidah Muhammad/Marta Ortega (Saint Peter’s) 6-1.

No. 3: Columbia wins by forfeit

 

Final Score: Columbia 7, Saint Peter’s 0; Time of Match: 1:06. Order of Finish: Doubles-1, 2. Singles- 5, 1, 2, 3, 4. Records: Columbia: 2-0; Saint Peter’s 0-4. Attendance: 86.