WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—Trailing 3-2, first-year Christie Wan and junior Andrea Kevakian won back-to-back come-from-behind singles victories to lead Columbia to a 4-3 victory against Penn Sunday morning in its final ECAC Women’s Indoor Championship match at Princeton. With the win, Columbia improves to 5-2 overall in dual matches and finishes the ECAC Championships with a successful 2-1 record.
“It was a great comeback win after losing the doubles point,” Columbia Head Coach Ilene Weintraub said. “We were able to step up in singles and get the job done. Credit to Jennifer, Ali, Christie and Dre for taking care of their court.”
“Overall, it was an excellent weekend of competition for our young team to get experience playing some Ivy competition early-on in the season. We will take a couple of days of rest and recovery and get back to work. I am looking forward to playing one of the best teams in the nation on Saturday.”
Columbia (5-2) is back in action next weekend when it hosts No. 21 ranked Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Columbia got off to a disappointing start in doubles play as Penn claimed two of the three matches for an early 1-0 lead. Penn’s Marta Kowalska and Marija Curnic defeated sophomore Ali Pollack and first-year Sarah Rahman 6-3, then Penn’s Jimena Rodriguez-Benito and OJ Signh registered a 7-6 (7-5) win over first-year Jennifer Kerr and junior Sarah Hu.
Penn went up 2-0 after Kowalska defeated Hu 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Columbia then followed with two straight victories as Kerr registered a 7-5, 6-3 No. 2 singles win over Penn’s Rodriguez-Benito and sophomore Ali Pollack followed with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles over Marija Curnic.
Penn’s Signh gave the Quakers a 3-2 lead after a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Columbia’s Sarah Rahman at No. 6 singles. That set the scene for Columbia’s dramatic come-from-behind win.
Wan came back to defeat Penn’s Qostal 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 at No. 1 singles. The first-year completed the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record and is currently on the longest win streak of her young career. Then co-captain Kevakian sealed Columbia’s victory with a dramatic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) tiebreaker victory over Penn’s Zhu at No. 3 singles.
Penn drops to 3-3 overall in dual matches.
COLUMBIA 4, PENN 3 (WOMEN’S TENNIS)
ECAC Women’s Indoor Championship Consolation Round, Sunday, February 11, 2018, New Windsor, N.J.
No. 1: Christie Wan (Columbia) defeated Lina Qostal (Penn) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6.
No. 2: Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeated Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (Penn) 7-5, 6-3.
No. 3: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeated Ashley Zhu (Penn) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).
No. 4: Marta Kowalska (Penn) defeated Sarah Hu (Columbia) 6-4, 6-1.
No. 5: Ali Pollack (Columbia) defeated Marija Curnic (Penn) 6-4, 7-5.
No. 6: OJ Signh (Penn) defeated Sarah Rahman (Columbia) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Final Score: Columbia 4, Penn 3; Time of Match: N/A. Order of Finish: Doubles- 3, 2, 1. Singles- 4, 2, 5, 6, 1, 3. Records: Columbia: 5-2; Penn 3-3. Attendance: N/A.