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FLUSHING, N.Y.—The No. 16 national seed Columbia men’s tennis team jumped out to an early lead and secured a convincing 4-0 NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Monmouth Friday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

With the win, Columbia (18-4) advances to the NCAA Tournament Second Round and will face Virginia (14-12) on Saturday at noon. Virginia defeated VCU 4-0 in Friday’s first match. Columbia and Virginia will square off in the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the second consecutive season.

 

The Lions are hosting the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament First and Second Rounds for the first time in school history. Saturday’s Columbia-Virginia winner will advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen held in Winston-Salem, N.C. on May 18-22, where the 16 regional winners will compete for the NCAA Championship. It is the first time in Ivy League history that a conference school has hosted the event. It is also the first time the event was hosted in New York City.

 

Today, the key for Columbia was winning the doubles point in come-from-behind fashion coupled with fast starts in the singles matches.

 

Columbia claimed the doubles point and grabbed a 1-0 lead. Columbia’s Jack Lin and William Matheson held off Monmouth’s Alex Gomez Estrada and Max Benaim for a 6-4 victory. Victor Pham and Jackie Tang came from behind to defeat Monmouth’s Nicola Pipoli and Will Cooke Wharton 6-4. Pham and Tang trailed 4-3 before claiming the victory after winning the final three points.

 

The Lions went up 2-0 when Austen Huang registered a 6-0, 6-2 No. 5 singles victory over Monmouth’s Will Cooke Wharton. Columbia made it 3-0 shortly afterward when Jack Lin won a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 3 singles over Monmouth’s Ale Gomez Estrada. Timothy Wang clinched the team victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Monmouth’s Sergio Martinez at No. 6 singles.

 

Columbia and Monmouth (15-14) met for the second time this season as the Lions won a 7-0 match back on March 3.

 

“I was hoping the boys were not looking ahead since we played Monmouth before and won pretty handily,” Columbia Head Coach Bid Goswami said. “I think they did the job today in a big match. It’s totally different when you play outdoors so I think we were ready. The boys played well.”

 

“Virginia is a really good team. They’re playing very well. It should be a good match tomorrow.”

 

This is the fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 13th in program history for the Lions. With today’s win, Columbia advances to the NCAA Second Round for the sixth time in program history. With a defeat of Virginia in tomorrow’s match, Columbia would advance to the school’s third NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history (2014 and 2015).

 

16 COLUMBIA 4, MONMOUTH 0 (NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament First Round)

Friday, May 11, 2018, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, N.Y.

 

Singles

No. 1: Victor Pham (Columbia) vs. Nicola Pipoli (Monmouth) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished.

No. 2: Jackie Tang (Columbia) vs. Srdjan Jakovljevic (Monmouth) 4-6, 2-4, unfinished.

No. 3: Jack Lin (Columbia) vs. Ale Gomez Estrada (Monmouth) 6-2, 6-2.

No. 4: Adam Ambrozy (Columbia) vs. Max Benaim (Monmouth) 6-4, 5-3, unfinished.

No. 5: Austen Huang (Columbia) defeats Will Cooke Wharton (Monmouth) 6-0, 6-2.

No. 6: Timothy Wang (Columbia) vs. Sergio Martinez (Monmouth) 6-3, 6-4.

 

Doubles

No. 1: Victor Pham/Jackie Tang (Columbia) defeats Nicola Pipoli/Will Cooke Wharton (Monmouth) 6-4.

No. 2: Jack Lin/William Matheson (Columbia) defeats Ale Gomez Estrada/Max Benaim (Monmouth) 6-4.

No. 3: Adam Ambrozy/Michal Rolski (Columbia) vs. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Sergio Martinez (Monmouth) 5-4, unfinished.

 

Final Score: Columbia 4, Monmouth 0; Time of Match: 1:46. Order of Finish: Doubles- 2, 1; Singles- 5, 3, 6. Records: Columbia 18-4; Monmouth 15-14; Attendance: 303.

 

VIRGINIA 4, VCU 0

 

Virginia tallied a 4-0 win over VCU in Friday’s first match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

Virginia (14-12) took a 1-0 lead as it claimed the doubles point. Amar Alhaqbani and Spencer Bozsik defeated VCU’s Ignacio Rivero Cresp and Philip Mobius 6-1 at No. 3 doubles and Gianni Ross and Aswin Lizen defeated VCU’s Avrid Moren and Inigo Torre Martin 6-3 at the No. 2 slot.

 

Aswin Lizen gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over VCU’s Vitor Lima. Virginia’s Matthew Lord followed with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles over Inigo Torre Martin. Virginia’s Carl Soderlund sealed the win for the Cavaliers with a 6-2, 6-1 win over VCU’s Avrid Moren at No. 1 singles.

 

“This was a good start to the NCAA Tournament for the team,” Virginia Head Coach Andres Pedroso said. “Everyone really played well and dealt with the conditions as it was pretty windy out here. We are really excited about playing in the second round. We are going to prepare and recover and be our best tomorrow.”

 

VIRGINIA 4, VCU 0 (NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament First Round)

Friday, May 11, 2018, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, N.Y.

 

Singles

No. 1: Carl Soderlund (Virginia) defeats Avrid Moren (VCU) 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2: Aswin Lizen (Virginia) defeats Vitor Lima (VCU) 6-3, 6-0.

No. 3: Javier Amantegui (VCU) vs. Gianni Ross (Virginia) 6-2, 4-5, unfinished.

No. 4: Kyrylo Tsgura (Virginia) vs. Philip Mobius (VCU) 6-0, 5-5, unfinished.

No. 5: Matthew Lord (Virginia) defeats Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 6-3, 6-4.

No. 6: Amar Alhaqbani (Virginia) vs. Ingnacio Rivero Cresp (VCU) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished.

 

Doubles

No. 1: Vitor Lima/Javier Amantegui (VCU) vs. Matthew Lord/Carl Soderlund (Virginia), 4-4, unfinished.

No. 2: Gianni Ross/Aswin Lizen (Virginia) defeats Avrid Moren/Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) 6-3.

No. 3: Amar Alhaqbani/Spencer Bozsik (Virginia) defeats Ignacio Rivero Cresp/Philip Mobius (VCU) 6-1.

 

Final Score: Virginia 4, VCU 0; Time of Match: 1:54. Order of Finish: Doubles- 3, 2. Singles- 2, 5, 1. Records: Virginia 14-12; VCU 16-10; Attendance: 127.