TEMPE, Ariz. - In the first official rankings of the spring by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Columbia men's team came in at No. 24, announced yesterday by the ITA.
The Lions finished 2016 as the No. 28 ranked team in the ITA, after a spring in which the squad won its third consecutive Ivy League title and competed in the NCAA Tournament.
Along with the team ranking, Columbia saw two singles players and a trio of doubles pairs featured in the singles and doubles rankings.
Sophomore Victor Pham came in at No. 40 in the singles rankings, climbing in the poll after a fall ranking of No. 113. After advancing to the semifinal at the ITA National Indoor Championships with his older brother, Richard Pham, the pair are the No. 8 ranked doubles pair. The younger , went 10-4 this past fall in singles play, and 7-1 in doubles play alongside .
Not far behind Pham in the singles rankings was senior Shawn Hadavi, who checked in at No. 48 after an impressive fall. Hadavi posted a 14-7 record, including a runner-up finish at the Oracle ITA Master's in October. He went on to take part in the ITA National Indoor Championships in the singles and doubles bracket, playing doubles with rookie Jackie Tang at No. 34 in the doubles rankings with.
The coaching staff of Bid Goswami and Howard Endelman will have a good problem when it comes to doubles pairs, as Hadavi and were also included in the opening spring doubles rankings. The two seniors checked in at No. 52 yesterday, slipping from their No. 7 post in the fall rankings. In limited action this past fall, Hadavi and Pham went 4-2 in doubles play, including a victory over No. 38 Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin from Florida.
Along with the national rankings, Columbia had athletes all over the ITA Northeast Regional rankings.
Hadavi came in as the region's top singles player, right ahead of Cornell's Chris Vrabel at No. 2. Alex Keyser and Jackie Tang came in at No. 10 and 11, respectively, and William Matheson was ranked No. 19. was ranked No. 3 in the region, while rookie's
In doubles play, the Pham/Pham pair were the top ranked doubles pair, right ahead of Hadavi and Tang at No. 2.
Columbia opens the spring season in Atlanta at the MLK Invitational at Georgia Tech, Jan. 14-16.