NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team improved to 3-0 Friday, with a 7-0 sweep of the Binghamton Bearcats at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The Lions dropped only one set on the way to their third straight win.
Columbia took the doubles point with ease, getting strong wins in all three spots. Sophomores Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga notched an 8-3 win in the No.1 spot over Binghamton’s Missy Endelblum and Jillian Santos, while Nicole Bartnik and Ioana Alecsiu won at No.2 by an identical score of 8-3. First-year Crystal Leung and junior Katarina Kovacevic had a shutout in the No.3 doubles spot, as they beat Maria Bykovskaya and Katherine Medianik, 8-0.
Columbia had similar dominating wins in the singles lineups, taking all six spots with relative ease. Takenaga had the most pronounced win, as she beat Endelblum at No.6 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Sanon took a win in the No.1 spot over Santos, 6-2, 6-3, while junior Chelsea Davis beat Emma Leibowicz at No.5, 6-4, 6-1. Kovacevic also won her match at No.4 6-4, 6-1, over Medianik. And sophomore Alecisu had a win at No.2, beating Jennifer Fridman, 6-4, 6-4. First-year Crystal Leung was the only Lion to fight a battle, as her match went to a third-set tiebreaker. Leung rallied back from dropping the first set 6-3, to win 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8).
Up next for Columbia is an early season preview of what’s to come in the Ivy League, as the Lions will head to the ECAC tournament, Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19 in New Haven, Conn.
Columbia University 7, Binghamton 0
1. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Jillian Santos (BING) 6-2, 6-3
2. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) def. Jennifer Fridman (BING) 6-4, 6-4
3. Crystal Leung (COL) def. Maria Bykovskaya (BING) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
4. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) def. Katherine Medianik (BING) 6-4, 6-1
5. Chelsea Davis (COL) def. Emma Leibowicz (BING) 6-4, 6-1
6. Tiana Takenaga (COL) def. Missy Endelblum (BING) 6-1, 6-1