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No. 40 Men's Tennis Set to Face No. 18 Harvard, Dartmouth

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/05/2013
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NEW YORK – The 40th-ranked Columbia men’s tennis team heads to No. 18 Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend for a pair of Ivy League contests. The Lions will take on the Crimson on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at Beren Tennis Center before continuing northward for a 2 p.m. match in Hanover, N.H. to face the Big Green on Sunday.

Winners of five of their last six matches, the Lions head into this weekend’s action sporting an 11-5 overall record and an unbeaten 1-0 Ivy League mark after kicking off conference action with a 4-3 triumph over Cornell on March 30.

In singles action, No. 56 Winston Lin holds a 9-4 mark as the primary Lion at the No. 1 spot. Lin has racked up big wins this season, including two over nationally ranked opponents, and most recently topped Cornell’s Venkat Iyer in the top singles match, 6-3, 6-1.

The Columbia doubles duo of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur have won their last four at No. 1 and boast an 11-3 record for the Lions on the year.

Defending Ivy-League champion Harvard is 12-4 overall having won seven consecutive contests headed into the weekend.

The No. 1 pairing of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster is 6-1 in dual matches this season while Andy Nguyen and Nickey Hu are 6-2 at the No. 2 position. Playing just five matches at No. 3, Alex Steinroder and Kelvin Lam hold an unbeaten 5-0 mark.

Harvard has combined for a 44-36 singles record this season. Nguyen is also a key contributor in singles with an 8-2 record at No. 4. Shaun Chaudhuri is 5-4 at second singles this year and Steinroeder has five singles victories on the season.

The all-time series between Columbia and Harvard dates back to 1925 with the Crimson holding a commanding 64-15 series advantage. However recent matchups have been tightly contested battles with alternating victories between the teams over the last six meetings. The Lions handed Harvard its only loss in league play a season ago, walking away with a 5-2 victory in at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York.

Dartmouth (8-8) reached .500 on the season after going 4-2 over a six-match road stretch. The Big Green return to Hanover riding a two-match winning streak coming off their spring break trip as they prepare for their Ivy League opener by hosting Cornell on Saturday at the Boss Tennis Center.

Senior Xander Centenari has served the Big Green at the No. 1 spot in singles action this season, going 2-7 overall. The duo of Brenden Tannenbaum and Centenari hold a team-best 3-5 record at the No. 1 doubles position.

Last season, the Lions trumped the Big Green at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center by a score of 5-2. The win extended their win streak that year to 11 in a row.

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