NEW YORK—The Columbia women’s tennis team hosts LIU Brooklyn on Friday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First-serve is at 4 p.m.  ET. 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 (7-5) gets back into action for the first time since returning from Miami, Fla. and its 2018 Spring Break Trip. The Lions claimed two of their three matches on the trip as they defeated Marquette (6-1), dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 38 Florida International and defeated Florida Atlantic (4-3). In singles, junior Andrea Kevakian won all three of her matches, first-year Jennifer Kerr and sophomore Ali Pollack both contributed 2-1 record and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles team of senior Adi Milstein and first-year Christie Wan went 2-1 and registered a key 6-4 victory over FIU’s No. 9 ranked tandem of Maryna Veksler and Ulyana Grib.

 

Following their win over FIU’s doubles team, Milstein and Wan earned their first national ranking this year as they check in at No. 78 nationally this week in the ITA rankings. The duo owns an 18-7 overall record and 15-5 record vs. region opponents.

 

For the year, Kevakian leads the Lions with an 18-4 singles record. She has won eight of her last 10 matches. Following Kevakian are Kerr (14-7), Pollack (13-8), junior Sarah Hu (13-11), Milstein (9-4), Wan (8-14), Ren (8-3) and first-year Sarah Rahman (7-7). For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.

 

LIU Brooklyn (8-1) enters Friday’s contest on a six-match win streak. The Blackbirds are led in singles by Anna Grigoryan (13-6), Malin Leysen (11-5), Clemence Krug (10-4) and Jennifer Gogova (9-3). Sasha Bollweg and Jessica Brzozowska have accumulated a 13-3 doubles record.

 

Last year, Columbia defeated LIU Brooklyn 6-1. The Lions own a 4-0 all-time record vs. the Blackbirds.

 

Columbia opens Ivy League play next weekend when it hosts Cornell on Saturday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.

 

COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES

 

*Columbia (7-5) plays its first match since it returned from a Spring Break competition trip to Miami, Fla. The Lions won two of their three matches in Florida, defeating Marquette (6-1), dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 38 Florida International and defeating Florida Atlantic 4-3.

 

*LIU Brooklyn enters Friday’s match on a six-match win streak and owns an 8-1 overall record. The youthful Blackbirds are led in singles by Anna Grigoryan (13-6), Malin Leysen (11-5), Clemence Krug (10-4) and Jennifer Gogova (9-3). Sasha Bollweg and Jessica Brzozowska have teamed for a 13-3 doubles record.

 

*Columbia’s No. 1 doubles team of Adi Milstein and Christie Wan earned their first national ranking of the season this week. The duo is now ranked No. 78 nationally and owns an 18-7 overall record (15-5 vs. regional opponents). In singles, Columbia is led by Andrea Kevakian (18-4), Jennifer Kerr (14-7), Ali Pollack (13-8), Sarah Hu (13-11) and Wan (8-14). In addition, Milstein has a 9-4 record, Renee Ren is 8-3 and Sarah Rahman is 7-7.

 

*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 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 105 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.