Columbia at the ITA/USTA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Columbia men's and women's tennis teams are being represented by seven student-athletes this weekend at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Below you can find a short recap on the Lions from each day of the tournament.
Thursday, Nov. 8
The opening day of the National Indoors was a disappointing one for the Lions, as Columbia fell in each of its opening-round matches. Winston Lin played a stellar match against the ninth-ranked player in the nation, USC's Raymond Salmiento, taking the first set 6-4, but the Trojan fought back to win the next two.
The women's doubles tandem of Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga also played well in their opener, but lost 8-6 to the three-seed, William & Mary's Maria Belya and Jeltje Loomans.
Friday, November 9
Friday was a new day for Columbia, and with it brought new results, as the Lions won five of their six matches on the day.
Sanon and Takenaga began the day with a triumph over Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay, the ninth-ranked doubles team in the nation from Stanford, 8-6.
The Columbia men followed with a pair of doubles victories. Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur topped North Florida's Moritz Buerchner and Norbert Nemcsek, 8-5, in the consolation draw.In the men's doubles back draw, Lin and Bert Vancura teamed up to blank Farris Gosea and Tim Kopiski from Illinois, 8-0.
Lin notched the first singles win for Columbia in the consolation draw Friday afternoon. Lin and UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen split the first two sets and then in the third Lin used a late charge to take the deciding set, 7-5.
A good day for the Lions got even better when Nicole Bartnik took down No. 7 Zoe Scandalis from USC in the consolation draw. Bartnik took command of the match early and continued to strike the ball well en route to capturing a 6-4, 6-4 win Friday evening.
Saturday, November 10
Nicole Bartnik picked up where she left off Friday, winning her consolation quarterfinals match over Whitney Kay from North Carolina. Kay entered the fall year ranked fifth in the ITA freshmen preseason rankings. The tough first sent went Bartnik's way by a score of 7-5, before taking the second set, 6-4.. Unfortunately, Bartnik would fall to Alabama's Alexa Guarachi in the semifinals.
Continue to check GoColumbiaLions.com and the Tournament Central page for updates all weekend.