NEW YORK, N.Y.—The Columbia women’s tennis team plays its final two home regular season matches this weekend when it hosts No. 49 ranked Harvard and No. 48 ranked Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday respectively at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Friday’s match against Harvard is designated a Columbia Spring Spirit Game as the first 50 students to attend receive a free Columbia Athletics string bag. First serve is set for 2 p.m. Saturday’s Senior Day match vs. Dartmouth will also begin at 2 p.m. All six courts of both matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network at this link.
On Saturday, Columbia will honor senior Vivian Cheng, who will be competing in her final home tennis weekend at Columbia. Over her four-year career, Cheng has totaled a 23-31 overall record in singles, including a 4-5 record this year. Cheng is an economics major from Syosset, N.Y.
Last weekend, Columbia split its two Ivy League matches, claiming a 4-3 win at Penn and dropping at 4-3 home loss to Princeton. Columbia is led in wins by sophomore Andrea Kevakian and first-year Ali Pollack, who both have 14 victories apiece. Junior Alexandra Solovyev has played the last 10 matches at the No. 1 singles position and sports an 11-13 overall record after two consecutive wins, junior captain Adi Milstein is 7-6 and also on a two-match win streak. First-year Renee Ren is 8-10. Junior Rima Asatrian and Kevakian have teamed for an 8-5 doubles record on the year and have also claimed two consecutive victories. Kevakian, Asatrian and Pollack all previously earned preseason Northeast Regional rankings.
Columbia enters the weekend with a 5-12 overall and 1-2 Ivy League dual meet record. The Lions have played a 2017 difficult schedule which after this weekend, will feature seven dual matches against nationally ranked teams. Updated Columbia statistics are located at this link.
Harvard enters the weekend with a 15-6 overall and undefeated 3-0 record in the Ivy League. The Crimson have claimed 11 of their last 12 dual meets, including three straight Ivy League matches. Harvard, which has earned a No. 49 national ranking by the ITA, is led by Erica Oosterhout, who has compiled a 16-7 overall record and 13-4 record at No. 1 singles. In addition, June Lee (20-14), Irene Lu (17-13) and Natasha Gonzalez (15-13) are key contributors. The doubles team of Lee/Oosterhout is 14-9 and Gonzalez/Lu have accumulated a 10-4 record.
No. 48 ranked Dartmouth entered the weekend with a 13-4 overall and 1-2 record in the Ivy League. It will play at Cornell on Friday. The Big Green enter the weekend having lost three of its last four matches after previously claiming 12 of 13. Dartmouth is led by Taylor Ng, Jacqueline Crawford, Chuyang Guan, Racquel Lyn and Kristina Mathis, who all have registered double figures in singles victories.
In her 10th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program, Head Coach Ilene Weintraub, CC’02 needs just two more dual match victories to notch her 100th career win at Columbia. The winningest coach in school history with 98 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.