CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After a 4-1 victory today over No. 25 Texas Tech for the No. 23 Columbia men’s tennis team, the Lions will play at the ITA National Indoor Championship.
Columbia improved to 3-0 this weekend with wins over Ole Miss and Texas Tech while playing at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Lions come away from ITA Kick-Off Weekend as one of 15 teams to win two matches and advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship, which will be played in Seattle on Feb. 16-18. Columbia has now qualified for the National Indoor Championship three out of the past four years.
On the first day, the Lions had to fight back after dropping the doubles point, but were able to advance with strong singles results against Ole Miss. Victor Pham, Jack Lin, Adam Ambrozy, and Timothy Wang all came away with singles wins, as the Lions topped the Rebels, 4-1.
Today proved to be a different story against the Red Raiders, with the doubles point going to Columbia before a fight in singles play.
Pham and Tang were the first to finish, as the No. 15 ranked pair topped No. 33 Connor Curry/Artem Kapshuk, 6-3. The second and third doubles matches were much tighter, as Ambrozy and Michal Rolski were in the midst of a tiebreaker when No. 31 Jack Lin and William Matheson ended a tiebreaker of their own. Columbia’s No. 2 doubles team got by No. 29 Jackson Cobb/Alex Sendegeya, 7-6 (7-3).
Leading 1-0 going into singles, Wang again continued to roll in the sixth singles spot, as the No. 122 ranked player picked up another win in 6-2, 6-2 fashion over Matheus Leite.
Texas Tech got a point back to make it 2-1 when Ilgiz Valiev came away with a victory against Ambrozy in the fourth match, 7-5, 6-0.
Columbia would not be denied, as the top two singles matches then went to the Lions. Pham, the No. 19 ranked singles player in the country, came away with a 6-1, 7-5 victory against Tommy Mylnikov, before the No. 38 ranked Tang topped Curry in the third set, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Next up, Columbia has a pair of home duals before heading to Seattle, first against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, before Ole Miss visits the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 11 at noon.