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Eric Rubin won the clinching match Saturday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

No. 40 Menís Tennis Rallies Past No. 55 Princeton, 4-2

HANOVER, N.H. – No. 55 Princeton earned the doubles point, but No. 40 Columbia rallied to win four singles matches to down the Tigers, 4-2, in the opening round of the 2014 ECAC Championships hosted by Dartmouth.

Augie Bloom and Dan Davies won the first completed match of the day, winning the No. 2 doubles competition, 6-1. Columbia’s top doubles tandem and the No. 10 ranked duo in the nation, Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur evened doubles with an identical 6-1 victory in the No. 1 match. Princeton though, used a 6-5(4) decision in the No. 3 match to take the point and go up 1-0.

Schnur provided the equalizer in the No. 4 singles match, getting past Josh Yablon in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The team scored stayed even, as the next two matches ended simultaneously with No. 11 Winston Lin tripping up Zach McCourt, 6-4, 6-4, in the top singles match, but Tom Colautti took the No. 3 match in three sets for Princeton.

Dragos Ignat gave Columbia its first lead of match, turning away Alex Day in the No. 2 match in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The clincher came from Eric Rubin in the No. 6 match, also using three sets to defeat Dan Davies, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

Columbia will take on the host Big Green Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with a trip to the finals on the line.

No. 2 Columbia University vs. No. 7 Princeton University – 9:00am|
Doubles
No. 1 Narayana/Schnur (Columbia) def. McCourt/Day (Princeton) 6-1 – 9:40am
No. 2 Bloom/Davies (Princeton) def. Lin/Vermeer (Columbia) 6-1 – 9:30am
No. 3 Colautti/Yablon (Princeton) def. Ignat/Pham (Columbia) 6-5 (4) – 9:44am 
Singles 
No. 1 Winston Lin (Columbia) def. Zach McCourt (Princeton) 6-4, 6-4 – 11:20am
No. 2 Dragos Ignat (Columbia) def. Alex Day (Princeton) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 – 11:35am
No. 3 Tom Colautti (Princeton) def. Ashok Narayana (Columbia) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 – 11:20am
No. 4 Max Schnur (Columbia) def. Josh Yablon (Princeton) 6-3, 6-4 – 10:59am
No. 5 Bert Vancura (Columbia) vs. Augie Bloom (Princeton) 3-6, 6-4, 5-3 (DNF)
No. 6 Eric Rubin (Columbia) def. Dan Davies (Princeton) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 - 11:45am

No. 2 Columbia def. No. 7 Princeton 4-2 (Decision)

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