NEW YORK – Ivy League play continues this weekend for the No. 20 Columbia men’s tennis team, with trips to Harvard and Dartmouth upcoming.
The Lions (14-3, 3-0) battle the Crimson (15-8, 3-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m., before a match at the same time on Sunday against the Big Green (9-11, 2-1). Both road matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
While Columbia previously defeated the Dartmouth by a 4-0 score during the ECAC Indoor Championship, Saturday will be the first match of the season against Harvard.
Most recently, Columbia blanked Princeton, 4-0, on the road Sunday, two days after a home win against Penn by the same score. After the pair of victories, the Lions moved up two positions from No. 22 in last week’s ITA rankings, swapping spots with the now ranked No. 22 South Carolina, and leaping No. 21 Northwestern, who did not move in the rankings.
In the singles rankings, Victor Pham slid one spot to No. 68, despite a pair of wins against Penn and Princeton. The sophomore is now 10-6 this spring, rebounding after an 0-5 start to come away with victories in 10 of his last 11 matches at the No. 2 spot.
Shawn Hadavi jumped one position in the singles rankings, coming in at No. 96 this past week. The senior enters the weekend at 11-3, having not lost a singles match in his previous 11 outings.
Richard Pham also fell slightly in the doubles rankings, coming in at No. 36 this week after a 2-0 weekend helped the pair improve to 10-4. Hadavi and Jackie Tang, who fell out of the singles rankings for the first time this year, were still ranked on the doubles side at No. 89. and
Columbia will have to contend with Harvard’s doubles pair of Kenny Tao and Brian Yeung this weekend, the No. 74 ranked doubles pair by the ITA. Tao and Yeung are 13-5 overall, and winners of their past three matches.
On the singles side, Tao is 10-6, and 8-5 at the No. 1 spot, while Jean Thirouin leads the team in wins at 12-3, with a perfect 5-0 record at the No. 2 spot.
As a team, the Crimson boast a 15-8 record, having won their first three Ivy matches this season. Winners of six straight, Harvard’s last loss was against Drake at the Mission Valley Spring Classic, when the Crimson opened with a loss to Iowa before beating San Diego State.
Going into the re-match with the Big Green, Sunday’s home team has won three of four, including victories over Yale and Brown. Dartmouth sits at 9-11 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Charlie Broom has been the winningest player on the singles side for Dartmouth, posting a 20-4 record this year. Ciro Riccardi has primarily played in the top singles match, going 5-13 in that position.