NEW YORK—Riding a three-match win streak, the Columbia women’s tennis team plays two key Ivy League contests this weekend when it hosts Penn on Friday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center, then travels to No. 46 Princeton on Sunday.
First-serve for Friday’s match 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. First-serve for Columbia’s match at Princeton is also at 1 p.m.
Columbia (9-5, 1-0 Ivy League) has won three straight matches including a 6-1 win over defending Ivy League champion Cornell on Saturday, a 4-1 win over LIU Brooklyn (March 23) and a 4-3 victory over Florida Atlantic (March 16).
For the year, junior Andrea Kevakian leads the Lions with an 20-4 singles record. She has won four consecutive matches and eight of her last 10. Following Kevakian are first-year Jennifer Kerr (16-7), who has won five straight, sophomore Ali Pollack (14-8), junior Sarah Hu (13-11), senior Adi Milstein (11-4, six-match win streak), first-year Christie Wan (9-15), sophomore Renee Ren (8-3) and first-year Sarah Rahman (7-8). For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.
As of late, the Lions have been strong at doubles. Milstein and Wan are 18-8 overall on the year and previously earned a national ranking. Kerr and Hu have teamed at No. 2 doubles for a 5-1 overall record and are currently on a three-match win streak. Kevakian and Ren are now 8-1 at No. 3 doubles and are on a seven-match win streak.
Penn enters its Friday match with a 7-9 overall and 0-1 Ivy League record. Penn opened Ivy League play last weekend with a 5-2 loss to Princeton. The Quakers are led by Lina Quostal (13-12) and Marta Kowalska (15-6).
Princeton (13-3, 1-0 Ivy League) enters the weekend with a No. 46 national ranking. The Tigers have seven singles players who have double-digit wins led by Katrine Steffensen (17-10), Stephanie Schrage (18-10), Nicole Kalhorn (11-12), Clare McKee (9-4), Gaby Pollner (15-9) and Tiffany Chen (13-11). At No. 1 doubles, Kalhorn and Schrage are 14-3 and ranked No. 89 nationally, McKee and Steffensen are 11-2 and Sara Goodwin and Nathalie Rodilosso are 10-3.
Next weekend, Columbia travels to Harvard (Saturday, April 14) and Dartmouth (Sunday, April 15) for 1 p.m. matches.
COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES
*Columbia (9-5) plays its second Ivy League dual match Friday after defeating defending league champion Cornell 6-1 last Saturday.
*Penn enters Ivy League play with a 7-9 overall and 0-1 Ivy League record. The Quakers fell to nationally ranked Princeton 5-2 in their conference opener after winning back-to-back non-conference matches against Temple (6-1) and St. John’s (4-3).
*Columbia enters its match against Penn on a three-match win streak following wins over Cornell (6-1), LIU Brooklyn (4-1) and Florida Atlantic (4-3).
*In singles, Columbia’s lineup consists of junior Andrea Kevakian (20-4), Jennifer Kerr (16-7), Ali Pollack (14-8), Sarah Hu (13-11), Adi Milstein (11-4) and Christie Wan (9-15). Sarah Rahman (7-8) and Renee Ren (8-3) also have contributed.
*In doubles, Milstein and Wan are 18-8 overall and have previously earned nationally rankings, Kerr and Hu have combined for a 5-1 record and three-match win streak and Kevakian and Ren are 8-1 overall and are on a six-match win streak.
*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 is in her 11th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program. The winningest coach in school history with 107 victories, Weintraub guided the Lions to their first Ivy League Championship in 2013, 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.