NEW YORK—The Columbia women’s tennis team hosts Maryland on Saturday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First-serve is at noon. Fans can watch a live feed of each court on the Ivy League Digital Network at this link. A match program is available at this link.
Columbia (5-3) gets back into action after a 13-day hiatus. The Lions last dropped a 5-2 home decision to Kentucky on Feb. 17 where captains Andrea Kevakian and Adi Milstein both registered singles wins.
Columbia is led by Kevakian, who has won 14 of her last 15 singles matches and sports a 15-3 overall record. Milstein is 7-4 in singles and has teamed with first-year Christie Wan for a 16-5 overall doubles record. Two first-years in Wan (8-10) and Jennifer Kerr (11-7) compete at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions respectively. Rounding out Columbia’s top performers in the early-going this year include junior Sarah Hu (12-8), sophomore Ali Pollack (9-6), sophomore Renee Ren (8-3) and first-year Sarah Rahman (6-6). For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.
Maryland (3-4) is on a two-match weekend road swing to Princeton (March 2) and Columbia (March 3). The Terrapins have won two of their last three matches while defeating both Long Beach State (5-2) and George Washington (6-1) and losing to VCU (4-3).
Columbia heads to Florida for its annual spring break trip, March 13-16. The Lions will play Marquette (March 13), Florida International (March 15) and Florida Atlantic (March 16).
COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES
*Columbia (5-3) gets back into action with a dual match on Saturday against Maryland (3-4). The Lions are coming off a 5-2 loss to Kentucky on Feb. 17 where team captains Andrea Kevakian and Adi Milstein both earned singles wins.
*Saturday’s match is Columbia’s final home contest before it travels to Florida for its annual Spring Break trip, March 13-16.
*Maryland is on a two-match road swing. The Terrapins play at Princeton on Friday, then travel to New York City to play Columbia Saturday. Maryland is led by No. 1 singles player Eva Alexandrova (4-2), No. 2 singles player Ekaterina Tour (3-1) and No. 3 singles player Millie Stretton (4-1). Stretton and Alexandrova have teamed for a 4-1 record in doubles and Arnelle Sullivan and Saya Usui have a 3-1 record.
*According to tennisrecruiting.net, Columbia welcomed the nation’s No. 10 ranked incoming 2017 recruiting class in September. The four newcomers include first-years Paulina Ferrari, Jennifer Kerr, Sarah Rahman and Christie Wan. All four were ranked among the nation’s top-100 players in the 2017 recruiting class: Wan (No. 15), Kerr (No. 20), Ferrari (No. 62) and Rahman (No. 71). It ranks as Columbia’s second-highest recruiting class in school history and its third top-25 recruiting class in the last four years.
*Head Coach Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02 enters her 11th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program. The winningest coach in school history with 103 victories, Weintraub guided the Lions to their first Ivy League Championship in 2013, led the program to a top-40 national ranking in 2016, captured two ECAC Championships (2014 and 2016) and has recruited two national top-10 recruiting classes to Columbia (No. 6 in 2015 and No. 10 in 2017). She was named the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.