DALLAS, Texas - A doubles point win and three straight singles victories propelled the Columbia men's tennis team to a 4-0 triumph today at SMU. With the win, the No. 9 ranked Lions improve to 9-2 this spring, with a pair of matches remaining on the Texas trip.
The second doubles pairing of Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski impressed with a 6-1 victory over Charles Nettlefold and Rosales, as the Ambrozy/Rolski pair played in the No. 2 slot for the first time this spring. No. 8 Victor Pham and Jackie Tang gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with a win in the top match, defeating Jan-Simon Vrbsky and Tomas Vaise, 6-3. At the time of the doubles point clinch, Rian Pandole and Jason Lui led Eladio Fabregas and Gardiner Perotti, 4-3, as Lui cracked the doubles lineup for the first time in his career.
Pham came out strong in the top singles spot, after most recently posting a narrow defeat by Baylor's Bjoern Petersen on Monday. The No. 9 singles player in the country got by Vrbsky, 6-1, 6-2, improving to 11-2 this spring and giving Columbia a 2-0 lead.
Alex Keyser would finish next, topping Michael Smith in the No. 4 singles match, 6-3, 6-0, as the sophomore improved to 4-2 in his first match in almost a month. Another underclassman would clinch it for the Lions, when Austen Huang defeated Roberto Rosales, 6-4, 6-2, making it a 4-0 sweep for the Lions with his 11th singles win of the 2017-18 season.
Also seeing the court in singles action today were Jackie Tang, who trailed 1-0 in the third set at No. 2, Adam Ambrozy, who was on the verge of winning the second set at No. 3 singles after dropping the first, and Timothy Wang, who was just beginning his third set.
Columbia takes Thursday off before a 3 p.m. match on Friday match at Texas-Arlington. The spring break trip concludes Sunday at TCU in an 11 a.m. battle with the Horned Frogs.