NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak and opened its spring break trip in style, as the Lions swept Southern Mississippi, 6-0 in Boca Raton, Fla., Thursday. Columbia swept the doubles point and five of the six singles matches en route to the win, with one match called before completion due to weather.
Sophomores Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga had a handy win in the No.1 doubles spot, as they beat Alex Bradley and Kate Lanier, 8-1. Junior Nicole Bartnik and sophomore Iani Alecsiu clinched the point with an 8-5 win over Mackenzie Oskin and Moorea Williams in the No.2 spot, while Katarina Kovacevic and Crystal Leung earned a win at No.3 by default.
Singles saw five Lions win in straight sets. Alecsiu had the strongest win of the day, beating Oskin at No.3, 6-1, 6-0. Leung followed that with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Williams at No.4, while Sanon beat Lanier, 6-3, 6-0 in the No.2 spot. Bartnik had a win in the top spot over Alexus Coats, 6-4, 7-5, while Kovacevic defeated Bradley at No.5, 7-5, 6-2. First-year Amy Li was up a set over Frances Askew at No.6, 7-5, 2-3, when their match was called due to rain.
Columbia improved to 6-3 with the win. Up next for the Lions is a match against Florida International, Sunday, March 18 at 10 a.m.
Columbia 6, Southern Miss 0
1. Nicole Bartnik (COL) def. Alexus Coats (SM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Kate Lanier (SM) 6-3, 6-0
3. Iani Alecsiu (COL) def. Mackenzie Oskin (SM) 6-1, 6-0
4. Crystal Leung (COL) def. Moorea Williams (SM) 6-2, 6-0
5. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) def. Alex Bradley (SM) 7-5, 6-2
6. Amy Li (COL) vs. Frances Askew (SM) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished