ITHACA, N.Y.—The Columbia women’s tennis team opens Ivy League competition on Saturday when it plays at Cornell. First serve is at 1 p.m. at the Reis Tennis Center.
After playing a difficult non-conference schedule which featured five nationally ranked opponents, Columbia enters the weekend after defeating LIU Brooklyn 6-1 in a dual meet on Sunday. The match marked Columbia’s final non-conference competition. Recording victories for Columbia were junior Alexandra Solovyev, sophomore Andrea Kevakian, junior Rima Asatrian, first-year Renee Ren and senior Vivian Cheng. The doubles teams of Solovyev/Ren and Asatrian/Pollack each registered wins. Kevakian and first-year Ali Pollack lead the Lions on the year in wins with 13 apiece, while Solovyev has nine and Asatrian has eight victories. Updated Columbia women’s tennis statistics are available at this link.
Cornell has won six straight matches and the Big Red enter the weekend with a 10-4 overall record. It also marks the Big Red’s sixth consecutive home match. Marika Cusick is Cornell’s lone Northeast Region rankings representative.
In her 10th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program, Head Coach Ilene Weintraub, CC’02 needs just three more dual match victories to notch her 100th career win at Columbia. The winningest coach in school history with 97 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.