NEW YORK—The Columbia women’s tennis team opens Ivy League competition when it hosts Cornell Saturday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First-serve is at 1 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 (8-5) begins league play after defeating LIU Brooklyn 4-1 last Friday. Junior Andrea Kevakian, senior Adi Milstein and sophomore Jennifer Kerr all registered singles wins, while Columbia won the doubles point after Kerr and junior Sarah Hu and Kevakian and sophomore Renee Ren took doubles matches.

 

On March 20 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 18-8 overall record and 15-6 record vs. region opponents.

 

For the year, Kevakian leads the Lions with an 19-4 singles record. She has won four consecutive matches and eight of her last 10 matches. Following Kevakian are Kerr (15-7), who has won four straight, Pollack (13-8), junior Sarah Hu (13-11), Milstein (10-4, five-match win streak), Wan (8-15), Ren (8-3) and first-year Sarah Rahman (7-7). For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.

 

Cornell (6-7) dropped back-to-back 7-0 matches against No. 9 ranked Texas Tech and No. 6 Georgia. The Big Red tied for the league title last year with a 5-2 dual match record.

 

Columbia is 15-19 all-time vs. Cornell in women’s tennis. The Lions have also claimed six of the last eight meetings between the two schools.

 

After this weekend, Columbia plays its second Ivy League contest when it hosts Penn on Friday, April 6 at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First-serve for that match is at 1 p.m.

 

COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES

 

*Columbia (8-5) opens Ivy League competition Saturday after defeating LIU Brooklyn 4-1 last week.

 

*Cornell enters Ivy League play with a 6-7 overall record. The Big Red is coming off back-to-back 7-0 losses to No. 9 ranked Texas Tech and No. 6 ranked Georgia.

 

*Columbia’s No. 1 doubles team of Adi Milstein and Christie Wan earned their first national ranking of the season on March 20, 2018. The duo is now ranked No. 78 nationally and owns an 18-8 overall record (15-6 vs. regional opponents).

 

*In singles, Columbia’s lineup consists of junior Andrea Kevakian (19-4), Jennifer Kerr (15-7), Ali Pollack (13-8), Sarah Hu (13-11), Adi Milstein (10-4) and Christie Wan (8-15). Sarah Rahman (7-7) and Renee Ren (8-3) also have contributed.

 

*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 106 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.