CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Columbia men’s tennis team will play for a spot at the ITA National Indoor Championship after beating Ole Miss today, 4-1, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Lions face Texas Tech tomorrow, who defeated the host, Virginia 4-3.
Much like in the opening win over Old Dominion, Columbia dropped the doubles point today and had to fight back during singles play. No. 15 Victor Pham and Jackie Tang fell first in the top match, before a pair of exciting battles in the bottom two. Michal Rolski and Adam Ambrozy tied things up in a 7-5 win against Grey Hamilton and Finn Reynolds, before Gustav Hansson and Zvonimir Babic took No. 31 Jack Lin and William Matheson to the wire. The Rebel pair were able to come away in the tiebreak to clinch the point, with a 7-6 (10-8) win.
In singles play, Timothy Wang came out and tied the match, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Cotter Wilson in the sixth match. Ambrozy then gave Columbia the lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Fabian Fallert in the fourth match, before Lin got by No. 69 Babic, 6-2, 6-1.
With a trio of matches remaining in play and the Lions holding a 3-1 lead, Pham ended it with a quick second set, taking down the No. 32 ranked Hansson, 6-4, 6-0.
Today’s victory helped Columbia improve to 2-0 on the spring, while Ole Miss fell for the first time to move to 4-1.
No. 25 Texas Tech and No. 23 Columbia meet in the final from the Boar’s Head Sports Club tomorrow at 2 p.m., with live scores and streaming provided by VirginiaSports.com.