STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—Columbia battled from behind to claim a 5-2 women’s tennis decision at Penn State Friday at the Indoor Tennis Center. With the win, Columbia improves to 3-1 on the year, while Penn State suffered its first loss of the year and drops to 3-1.


“It was a great win for our young team today on the road,” Columbia Head Coach Ilene Weintraub said. “Clinching the doubles point was key in gaining the momentum. Give credit to Jennifer Kerr and Sarah Hu, who I felt were super brave and played smart in a pressure situation. In singles, we just keep getting better and compete harder with every match we play.”


Columbia battled from behind to earn the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. After first-year Christie Wan and senior Adi Milstein defeated Penn State’s Bennett Dunn and Shannon Hanley 6-2, Penn State’s team of Samantha Smith and Gabby O’Gorman won a 6-2 decision at No. 3 over Columbia sophomore Ali Pollack and junior Andrea Kevakian. But the Lions’ No. 2 doubles duo of first-year Jennifer Kerr and junior Sarah Hu went to the tiebreaker and claimed a hard-fought 7-6 win over Penn State’s Frederrikke Svarre and Olivia Rohrbacher.


Penn State went up 2-1 with singles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, but Kerr claimed a comeback 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 decision over Penn State’s Svarre at No. 2 singles and Kevakian followed with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles against Penn State’s Smith. That gave the Lions a slim 3-2 lead heading into the final two matches of the day.


Sophomore Ali Pollack clinched the win for Columbia as she held off Penn State’s Bennett Dunn with a dominating 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles. Milstein wrapped up the day with a 3-6, 6-3 win over Penn State’s Olivia Rohrbacher, who retired.


Columbia defeated Penn State for the fourth consecutive year and improved to 4-1 all-time vs. the Nittany Lions. Kevakian won her 11th consecutive singles match and improved to 3-0 in dual matches. Wan and Milstein improved to 15-3 overall in doubles competition.


Columbia is back in action next weekend at the ECAC Championship, Friday, Feb. Friday, Feb. 2 when it travels to Penn State for a 4 p.m. match in State College, Pa.



Friday, February 2, 2018, Indoor Tennis Center, State College, Pa.



No. 1: Gabby O’Gorman (PSU) defeated Christie Wan (Columbia) 6-4, 6-1.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeated Frederikke Svarre (PSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 3: Shannon Hanley (PSU) defeated Sarah Hu (Columbia) 6-3, 6-3.

No. 4: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeated Samantha Smith (PSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

No. 5: Ali Pollack (Columbia) defeated Bennett Dunn (PSU) 6-3, 6-3.

No. 6: Adi Milstein (Columbia) defeated Olivia Rohrbacher (PSU) 3-6, 6-3, retired.



No. 1: Adi Milstein/Christie Wan (Columbia) defeated Bennett Dunn/Shannon Hanley (PSU) 6-2.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr/Sarah Hu (Columbia) defeated Frederikke Svarre/Olivia Rohrbacher (PSU) 7-6.

No. 3: Samantha Smith/Gabby O’Gorman (PSU) defeated Ali Pollack/Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) 6-2.


Final Score: Columbia 5, Penn State 2; Time of Match: N/A. Order of Finish: Doubles- 1, 3, 2. Singles- 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6. Records: Columbia: 3-1; Penn State 3-1. Attendance: N/A.