NEW YORK - The No. 70 Columbia women's tennis team began the 2013 season Sunday against the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament. Facing Georgia on its home facility, the Hopkins Indoor Courts, the Lions fell 4-1.
Georgia took the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and 3 matches, opening a 1-0 lead to start the match. Columbia's team of Nicole Bartnik and Crystal Leung won the No. 2 doubles contest by a score of 8-6 over Mia King and Lauren Herring.
The Bulldogs improved their lead to 2-0, with a win in the No. 4 singles match, but first-year Kanika Vaidya got the point back for the Lions with a victory in the No. 3 match. Vaidya, ranked 85th in the nation, upset No. 54 Kate Fuller in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Unfortunately, it would be the lone match won in Columbia's favor. No. 24 Bartnik and No. 81 Bianca Sanon played a tight matches in the top two spots, but both lost in two sets.
Columbia will be back on the court Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the consolation match against No. 40 Oklahoma State who was downed by No. 72 Georgia State, 4-3.
No. 6 Georgia 4, No. 70 Columbia 1
No. 1 - Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Nicole Bartnik (Col) - 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
No. 2 - Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Bianca Sanon (Col) - 7-5, 6-4
No. 3 - Kanika Vaidya (Col) def. Kate Fuller (UGA) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Lauren Stratman (Col) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Ioana Alecsui (Col) vs. Mia King (UGA) - 2-6, 2-3, unfinished
No. 6 - Crystal Leung (Col) vs. Lilly Kimbell (UGA) - 4-6, 1-3, unfinished
No. 1 - Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Bianca Sanon/Tiana Takenaga (Col), 8-6
No. 2 - Nicole Bartnik/Crystal Leung (Col) def. Mia King/Lauren Herring (UGA), 8-6
No. 3 - Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowasse (UGA) def. Lauren Stratman/Kanika Vaidya (Col), 8-3
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