NEW YORK - After spending last weekend in Central New York competing at the 2013 ECAC Indoor Tennis Championships, the No. 46 Columbia men's tennis team will return home to face Binghamton Saturday. Competition at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Columbia is coming off a tough loss in the finals of the ECAC Championship to host No. 63 Cornell. The Lions reached the finals after dispatching George Washington in the opening round and then posted a thrilling defeat of No. 65 Princeton in the semifinals.
The match against the Tigers came down to the top singles contest, where No. 60 Winston Lin came back from dropping the first set and a 4-0 third-set deficit to defeat Majita Pecotic, the No. 3 ranked player in the nation.
Binghamton enters Saturday's match with an identical 4-3 record to the Lions. The Bearcats last competed on Feb. 9, edging Boston College, 4-3, in a neutral site match in Hanover, N.H. Binghamton is 0-2 against the Ivy League this season, losing to Brown and Dartmouth.
Robin Lesage has been the Bearcats' No. 1 player during the dual season, earning a 5-2 mark at that spot. He leads the team with 11 victories since the fall. The rest of Binghamton's lineup has not been as standard. Freshman Alexander Maisin is second on the team with 10 wins, but has seen time at both the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Saturday's match is the first of three consecutive matches at home for Columbia. The Colonials will travel to New York City for a rematch with the Lions on March 1 and then St. John's will visit the Dick Savitt Tennis Center a week later.