NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team snagged three straight singles victories after winning the doubles point to defeat Vanderbilt today at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
The No. 16 team in the country improved to 4-0 overall, as the Commodores and Lions finished out the remaining singles matches in Columbia’s 4-3 victory. The home team posted a win without the services of Jackie Tang, who was playing for Hong Kong at the Davis Cup.
“It was really good to see us come out strong in doubles, especially without having Jackie,” said Bid Goswami. “The result there really carried over to singles play, and to come get a win like that against a team that went down to the wire at No. 1 Wake Forest is good for us.”
Without his normal doubles partner, Victor Pham played in the No. 3 doubles spot alongside rookie Rian Pandole, who saw his first dual action of the spring. The two were the first to finish, topping the Danny Valent/Baker Newman pair from Vanderbilt, 6-3.
“At the beginning of this week we were trying to figure out who I would play with and we were mixing around different teams and me and Rian really clicked,” said Pham. “He makes a lot of first serves and makes a lot of returns and I think that showed today.”
Although the two teams would play out all the singles matches, Columbia would win the first three singles matches to clinch the match, 4-0.
The No. 19 ranked Pham continued his hot stretch in singles play, defeating Klinger, 6-2, 6-2, to give the squad a 2-0 lead. Shortly thereafter, Austen Huang would post a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Rowe in the No. 4 match, before Keyser virtually ended it with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Max Freeman at No. 5.
The loss for Vanderbilt was just the second of the season, as the Commodores fell to No. 1 Wake Forest, 4-3, during the ITA Kick-Off.
Columbia is back in action at home next Sunday, Feb. 11, against Ole Miss at noon, before heading to Seattle the weekend of Feb. 16 for the ITA Indoor National Championship.
Doubles (Order: 3-1)
1 – Lin/Matheson def. Klinger/Rowe, 6-4
2 – Ambrozy/Rolski vs. McPhee/Virtanen, 4-4 unf.
3 – Pandole/Pham def. Valent/Newman, 6-3
Singles (Order: 1-4-5-6-3-2)
1 – Victor Pham def. Cameron Klinger, 6-2, 6-2
2 – Danny Valent def. Jack Lin, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)
3 – Baker Newman def. Adam Ambrozy, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)
4 – Austen Huang def. Billy Rowe, 6-3, 6-1
5 – Alex Keyser def. Max Freeman, 7-5, 6-1
6 – George Harwell def. Timothy Wang 4-6, 6-5, ret.