SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Columbia women’s tennis team dropped a closely contested 5-2 decision at Syracuse Sunday afternoon at the Drumlins Country Club. With the loss, Columbia drops to 2-1 overall in dual matches, while Syracuse improves to 3-0.


Syracuse used a pair of two-set singles victories and captured the doubles point to take the win. The Orange won two 6-3 doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take a 1-0 lead. The Orange captured decisions at No. 1 and No. 2 before Columbia junior captain Andrea Kevakian claimed a win at No. 5 singles. Syracuse’s Dina Hegab followed with the Orange’s match-clinching win at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 win over Columbia senior Adi Milstein.


Kevakian and junior Sarah Hu tallied Columbia’s two victories on the day. Kevakian defeated Syracuse’s Libi Mesh 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, while Hu registered a hard-fought win at No. 3 singles when Syracuse’s Anna Shkudun retired after closely contested 6-7 (4) 5-5 match. Kevakian improved to a perfect 3-0 on the young season in dual matches and 13-2 overall.


Columbia (2-1) is back in action on Friday, Feb. 2 when it travels to Penn State for a 4 p.m. match in State College, Pa.



Sunday, January 28, 2018, Drumlins Country Club, Syracuse, N.Y.



No. 1: Gabriela Knutson (Syracuse) defeated Christie Wan (Columbia) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2: Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse) defeated Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) 6-3, 6-1.

No. 3: Sarah Hu (Columbia) defeated Anna Shkudun (Syracuse) 6-7 (4), 5-5, ret.

No. 4: Maria Tritou (Syracuse) defeated Ali Pollack (Columbia) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 5: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeated Libi Mesh (Syracuse) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

No. 6: Dina Hegab (Syracuse) defeated Adi Milstein (Columbia) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.



No. 1: Gabriela Knutson/Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse) defeated Christie Wan/Adi Milstein (Columbia) 6-3.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr/Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeated Anna Shkudun/Dina Hegab (Syracuse) 5-3, suspended.

No. 3: Maria Tritou/Libi Mesh (Syracuse) defeated Ali Pollack/Brianna Williams (Columbia) 6-3.


Final Score: Syracuse 5, Columbia 2; Time of Match: N/A. Order of Finish: Doubles- 1, 3. Singles- 1, 2, 5, 6, 4, 3. Records: Columbia: 2-1; Syracuse 3-0. Attendance: N/A.