NEW YORK, N.Y.—The Columbia women’s tennis team gets back into Ivy League competition this weekend when it travels to Penn for a Friday match at the Hamlin Tennis Center, then hosts Princeton on Sunday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First serve on Friday is at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s home match begins at 1 p.m.
All six courts of Sunday’s match against Princeton will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network at this link.
Columbia opened Ivy League play last Saturday at Cornell. The Lions are led in wins by sophomore Andrea Kevakian and first-year Ali Pollack, who both have 13 victories apiece. Junior Alexandra Solovyev has played the last eight matches at the No. 1 singles position and sports a 9-13 overall record, junior captain Adi Milstein is 5-6 and first-year Renee Ren is 8-8. Asatrian and Kevakian have compiled a 6-5 doubles record on the year. Kevakian, Asatrian and Pollack all previously earned preseason Northeast Regional rankings.
Columbia enters the weekend with a 4-11 overall and 0-1 Ivy League record. The Lions have played a difficult schedule featuring five dual matches against nationally ranked teams. Updated Columbia statistics are located at this link.
Penn (7-7, 0-1 Ivy League) has won six of their last eight matches, including a 5-2 victory vs. No. 36 ranked Florida State on March 12. Last weekend, the Quakers dropped their Ivy League opener 5-2 to Princeton. Penn is led by No. 89 ranked Kana Daniel, who owns a 17-4 overall record. The Quakers have three preseason regionally ranked players on their roster including Daniel, Ashley Zhu (15-12) and Sarah Dreyfuss (9-3), along with the region’s No. 2 ranked doubles team of Daniel and Zhu. Columbia is 5-22 all-time vs. Penn in dual meets.
Princeton enters the weekend with a 10-6 overall and 1-0 Ivy League record. Clare McKee and Nicole Kalhorn co-lead the team with eight singles victories. The Tigers have one preseason regionally ranked singles player in Nicole Kalhorn along with their doubles team of Caroline Joyce and Kalhorn. Columbia is 5-25 all-time vs. Princeton in dual meets and previously dropped a 4-2 dual match to Princeton in the ECAC Tournament earlier this year on Feb. 11.
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.