NEW YORK—First-year Jennifer Kerr and junior co-captain Andrea Kevakian each won a singles and doubles match apiece to lead the Columbia women’s tennis team to a 4-1 victory over LIU Brooklyn Friday afternoon at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. With the victory, Columbia improves to 8-5 on the year while LIU Brooklyn drops to 8-2.

 

Columbia is back in action when it opens Ivy League play by hosting Cornell on Saturday, March 31. First-serve is at 1 p.m.

 

Columbia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Kerr and junior Sarah Hu teamed to win a 6-0 decision at No. 2 doubles over Malin Leysen and Jennifer Gogova. After LIU’s Anna Grigoryan and Ana Leonte claimed a 6-4 win over Columbia’s No. 1 and No. 78 ranked doubles duo of senior co-captain Adi Milstein and first-year Christie Wan, Kevakian and sophomore Renee Ren defeated LIU Brooklyn’s Sasha Bollweg and Clemence Krug 6-4 to claim the point. Kevakian registered the winning point when she powered a low backhand shot barely over the net and past the Blackbird duo.

 

Columbia increased its lead to 2-0 as Kevakian registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over LIU Brooklyn’s Leysen at No. 3 singles. Grigoryan cut the margin to 2-1 after defeating Columbia’s Wan 6-0, 6-3. But Columbia was too strong as Milstein took a 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 6 over Ana Leonte and Kerr followed with her match-clinching 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 2 over Sasha Bollweg.

 

Columbia Head Coach Ilene Weintraub was pleased with her team’s performance heading into Ivy League competition.

 

“This was a great win for our program because Anthony Davidson, who was our volunteer coach two years ago has done a phenomenal job at LIU Brooklyn,” Weintraub said. “They were tough and they made us fight for it. It was good for us to get the win today and keep the momentum heading into the Ivy League season.”

 

Jennifer Kerr has the best work ethic as a coach, she comes out here every day. Regardless of what’s going on, she always puts forth 100 percent effort and always has a positive attitude. That’s a winning combination and what you’re seeing is the result of that hard work. Jennifer and Sarah have jelled really well in doubles. Today, they played really well and have had success in the last few matches. The momentum never went away from them today, a truly dominating performance. Adi and Christie were not at their best today but the LIU team that they played were on their game today. It was a matter of getting just one break and it just didn’t go their way.”

 

The Lions were also in position to win the other two matches as junior Sarah Hu and first-year Sarah Rahman were both leading when play was halted.

 

COLUMBIA 4, LIU BROOKLYN 1 (Women’s Tennis)

Friday, March 23, 2018, Dick Savitt Tennis Center, New York, N.Y.

 

Singles

No. 1: Anna Grigoryan (LIU) defeated Christie Wan (Columbia) 6-0, 6-3.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr (Columbia) defeated Sasha Bollweg (LIU), 6-2, 7-6.

No. 3: Andrea Kevakian (Columbia) defeated Malin Leysen (LIU) 6-2, 6-2.

No. 4: Sarah Hu (Columbia) played Jennifer Gogova (LIU) 7-5, 2-3, unfinished.

No. 5: Sarah Rahman (Columbia) played Clemence Krug (LIU) 7-5, 2-1, unfinished.

No. 6: Adi Milstein (Columbia) defeated Ana Leonte (LIU) 6-4, 6-3.

 

Doubles

No. 1: Anna Grigoryan/Ana Leonte (LIU) defeated Christie Wan/Adi Milstein (Columbia) 6-4.

No. 2: Jennifer Kerr/Sarah Hu (Columbia) defeated Malin Leysen/Jennifer Gogova (LIU) 6-0.

No. 3: Andrea Kevakian/Renee Ren (Columbia) defeated Sasha Bollweg/Clemence Krug (LIU) 6-4.

 

Final Score: Columbia 4, LIU Brooklyn 1; Time of Match: 2:04. Order of Finish: Doubles- 2, 1, 3. Singles- 3, 1, 6, 2. Records: Columbia: 8-5; LIU Brooklyn 8-2; Attendance: 83.