NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team opened its 2012 dual match season in style, sweeping local rival Fordham, 7-0. Columbia dropped only one set all day. With the win, the Lions are 1-0 overall.
Columbia had two quick wins in doubles to clinch the point. In the No.3 spot, juniors Nathaniel Gery and John Yetimoglu teamed up to beat Fordham’s Michael Puntillo and J..J. Tauil, 8-1. Senior Haig Schneiderman and first-year Winston Lin clinched the doubles point with the next win, as they beat Mischa Koran and Kuba Kowalski, 8-5 in the No.1 spot. And first-years Max Schnur and Ashok Narayana rounded it out with an 8-4 win in the No.2 doubles spot to put Columbia up 1-0.
Singles also had a few quick wins. In the No.5 spot, first-year Bert Vancura beat Peder Gram, 6-0, 6-0, putting the Lions up 2-0. Sophomore Tizian Bucher made it 3-0 Lions just a few minutes later, when he beat Puntillo, 6-1, 6-2 in the No.6 spot.
First-year Lin clinched the team match with a win in the No.2 spot, beating Koran, 6-1, 6-2, and Gery followed soon after with a6-3, 6-4 win over Srikar Alla at No.3. First-year Ashok Narayana won at No.4, beating Tauil 7-5, 6-2, and all eyes turned to the No.1 singles match, where Schneiderman and Kowalski were battling it out.
Schneiderman took the first set, 7-5, only to have Kowalski battle back in the second set and force a third, 6-2. In the third set, Kowalski broke Schneiderman to take the lead, but Schneiderman broke him right back, and tied it up at 5-5. One more break gave Schneiderman the hard-fought win, and the Lions the sweep, 7-0.
Up next for Columbia is a match against Cleveland State, Friday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
Columbia University 7, Fordham University 0
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Haig Schneiderman (COL) def. Kuba Kowalski (FOR) 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
2. Winston Lin (COL) def. Mischa Koran (FOR) 6-1, 6-2
3. Nathaniel Gery (COL) def. Srikar Alla (FOR) 6-3, 6-4
4. Ashok Narayana (COL) def. J.J. Tauil (FOR) 7-5, 6-2
5. Bert Vancura (COL) def. Peder Gram (FOR) 6-0, 6-0
6. Tizian Bucher (COL) def. Michael Puntillo (FOR) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 6, 2, 3, 4, 1