WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The season came to a close for a quartet of Columbia men’s tennis players who were taking part in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament this week from Wake Forest.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Singles Tournament began for Victor Pham and Jackie Tang. The top two singles players for Columbia were both paired with a Texas A&M player, as Pham played Jordi Arconada and Tang took on the No. 5 seeded Patrick Kypson.
While Kypson was able to get by Tang, 6-4, 6-2, Pham would move on after dropping the first set. The Columbia junior bounced back to defeat Arconada, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. The win sent Pham into the second round, with a match against Alfredo Perez from Florida. The seeded Perez moved on with a 6-1, 6-2 win, ending the successful season for the Ivy League Player of the Year.
In doubles play, Jack Lin and William Matheson were paired with another Texas A&M duo in their first round matchup. Against the tournament’s No. 3 seeded Arconada/Juan Carlos Aguilar, the Columbia pair came out on fire, taking the first set 6-0. After dropping the second set 6-1, a super-tiebreaker would follow which went to Lin and Matheson, 11-9. In the second round against Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce, the Lion duo would get knocked out of the tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 loss.
The NCAA singles and doubles tournaments came after the conclusion of the team tournament, which saw the host Wake Forest, who knocked out Columbia in the Sweet 16, take their first ever title. In 2018, the Lions made their third trip to the Sweet 16 in the past five years, topping the winners of the previous three NCAA Titles, Virginia, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Columbia also won its fifth consecutive Ivy League title in 2018 behind the Ivy League Player of the Year in Pham, the ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year in Lin, and the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in Howard Endelman.