NEW YORK – Columbia men’s tennis notched one of its biggest wins in recent history Thursday, as senior co-captain and wild card entry Haig Schneiderman beat one of the top men’s tennis players in the nation to advance at the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
In the main draw singles, wild card Schneiderman beat Texas A&M’s Alexis Klegou in three sets. Klegou was ranked No.42 in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s fall singles rankings. But that didn’t intimidate the Lions. Schneiderman went up early, 6-3, and had two match points in the second set, serving at 5-4. But Klegou landed two amazing shots to stay in the match, and managed to battle back, force a tiebreaker, and stay alive by forcing a third set. But Schneiderman kept his cool and finished it quickly, beating Klegou 6-1 in the third, to take the 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 win.
With the win, he advances to the next round of the main draw. There, he will take on the No.6 seed, Chase Buchanan of Ohio State, in a match that is slated to begin at 1:30.
Columbia also had a doubles team in the mix, as junior Nathaniel Gery and first-year Winston Lin teamed up to take on the No.1 seed, Kevin King and Juan Spir of Georgia Tech. The Lions held their own, but the Yellow Jackets pulled out the win, 8-4 to advance. Gery and Lin will take part in the doubles back draw, starting Friday.