DENTON, FORT WORTH, Texas—On a two-match win streak, the Columbia women’s tennis team travels to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas for its 2017 spring break trip and will play three matches in the Lone Star State: at North Texas on Thursday, March 16 (2 p.m.), vs. No. 17 Kansas on Saturday, March 18 (11 a.m.) and at No. 26 TCU on Sunday, March 19 (1 p.m.).

First, the Lions travel to Denton, Texas and Waranch Tennis Center to take on host North Texas in a dual match. North Texas enters the match with a 5-8 dual match record and features the nation’s No. 82 ranked singles player in Maria Kononova. Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze comprise the nation's No. 77 ranked doubles team. North Texas is on a three-match losing streak.

Columbia will then play Big 12 Conference member and No. 17 ranked Kansas on Saturday. The match will be played in Denton at the Waranch Tennis Center at 11 a.m. Kansas enters the weekend with a 7-4 overall record and features the nation’s No. 74 singles player Anastasia Rychagova and No. 50 ranked doubles duo of Tess-Bernard Feigenbaum and Nina Khmelnitckaia. The Jayhawks defeated TCU 4-1 on March 10 and have won one of their last three matches.

Then, it’s on to Fort Worth where the Lions will play No. 26 ranked TCU (8-5) at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Horned Frogs have won two of their last three matchups including a 5-2 win over North Texas and 4-1 loss to Kansas. TCU’s lineup features No. 60 ranked singles player in Seda Arantekin and the No. 51 ranked doubles team of Arantekin and Olaya Garrido-Rivas.

So far this season, Columbia has faced a grueling schedule which has included six nationally ranked teams: Dartmouth (20), Florida State (36), Marshall (37), Florida International (38), Kentucky (43) and Texas (47). The Lions will add two more ranked teams to their competition schedule this weekend.

Columbia (3-7) enters the weekend on a two-match win streak after consecutive victories over Penn State (4-2) and No. 39 ranked Marshall (4-2). Junior Adi Milstein clinched victories in both matches, while first-years Ali Pollack and Renee Ren each won two matches apiece. Updated Columbia women’s tennis statistics are available at this link.

In her 10th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program, Head Coach Ilene Weintraub, CC’02 needs just four more dual match victories to notch her 100th career win at Columbia. The winningest coach in school history with 96 victories, Weintraub guided the Lions to their first Ivy League title in 2013, led the program to a top-40 national ranking in 2016, captured two ECAC Championships (2014 and 2016) and recruited the nation’s No. 6 ranked class in 2015 according to tennisrecruiting.net. She was the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.

The Lions also took some time to enjoy their spring break in Texas. See the tweets posted below.

Below is Columbia’s competition schedule for this weekend:

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

Thursday, March 16

at North Texas

Denton, Texas

2 p.m.

Saturday, March 18

vs. Kansas

Denton, Texas

11 a.m.

Sunday, March 19

at TCU

Fort Worth, Texas

1 p.m.