NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 in dual matches this season with a 5-2 win over the University of Massachusetts Saturday. The Lions won the doubles point and Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6 singles to beat the Minutewomen in the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Columbia was down in every doubles match near the beginning of the match, but the Lions rallied back in all three spots to take the point. Junior Nicole Bartnik and sophomore Ioana Alecsiu had the first win for the Lions, as they beat Hazuki Onaga and Sonia Bokhair, 8-5 in the No.2 spot. From there, sophomores Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga clinched the point with a win in the No.1 singles spot, 8-5. Crystal Leung and Katarina Kovacevic made it 3-for-3 when they won in the No. 3 doubles spot, 9-7.
Singles saw Columbia clinch the team win in quick succession. Sanon had a quick win in the No.2 spot over Bokhari, 6-1, 6-0, to make it 2-0 Lions. From there, Bartnik beat Yuliana Motyl 6-2, 6-1 at No.1 to put the team score at 3-0. Junior Chelsea Davis clinched the match for the Lions with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chantal Swiszcz in the No.6 spot. Up 4-0, the Lions were assured the win, as the remaining three matches played out.
Sophomore Ionana Alecsiu fell in the No.3 singles spot, 6-2, 6-3 to Jessica Podlofsky, while first-year Leung suffered a 6-4, 6-0 loss to Julia Comas at No.4. With the score standing at 4-2, the remaining battle continued. Junior Katarina Kovacevic had been down in each of her two sets, but rallied back both times to take the win, 7-6(2), 7-5 over Chanel Glasper at No.5. With Kovacevic’s win, the Lions took their second straight win, 5-2.
Up next for Columbia women’s tennis (2-0, 0-0 Ivy League) is a home match against Binghamton, Friday, February 10 at 3 p.m.
Columbia University 5, Univ. of Massachusetts 2
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
1. Nicole Bartnik (COL) def. Yuliana Motyl (UMASS) 6-2, 6-1
2. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Sonia Bokhari (UMASS) 6-1, 6-0
3. Jessica Podlofsky (UMASS) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 6-2, 6-3
4. Julia Comas (UMASS) def. Crystal Leung (COL) 6-4, 6-0
5. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) def. Chanel Glasper (UMASS) 7-6 (10-2), 7-5
6. Chelsea Davis (COL) def. Chantal Swiszcz (UMASS) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6*, 4, 3, 5