No. 17 Lin Wins Opening Round Match at NCAA Singles Championships
ATHENS, Ga. – Men’s tennis player Winston Lin has advanced to the Round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championships, defeating No. 43 Nick Chappell from TCU in the opening round.
Lin, the 17th-ranked player in the nation, took an early lead in the match, capturing the first set, 6-2. He then closed out the match with a comfortable second set score of 6-1.
For Lin, the Round of 32 on Thursday will be a rematch of the NCAA Tournament match from two weeks ago when the Lions faced Vanderbilt. The Commodores’ Gonzales Austin won his opening round match against Penn State’s Leonard Stakhovsky, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the next round. Lin won the first meeting between the two in epic fashion, coming back after dropping the first set, 2-6, to win the final two, 6-3, 6-4, clinching the 4-3 victory for Columbia over Vanderbilt.