NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Columbia men's tennis team advanced three singles players and two doubles tandem Saturday at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships.
In singles action, the eighth-seeded Ashok Narayana won a pair of matches Saturday. Narayana opened the day with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Robin Lessage from Binghamton. Narayana earned a spot in the fourth round after defeating Mike Lampa from St. John's, 6-4, 6-2.
Dragos Ignat also won a pair of matches Saturday to advance to the fourth round. Cornell's Quoc-Daniel Nguyen forced Ignat to three sets, but the first-year player came away with a well-earned 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 win. Ignat's third round opponent, Nikola Kocovic from Penn proved easier to defeat, falling 6-2, 6-4 to the Columbia freshman.
Winston Lin completed the trio of Columbia players advancing to the fourth round. Lin won two straight-set matches, defeating St. John's Valentin Mihai and Buffalo's Vuso Hove.
On the doubles side, Ignat and partner Eric Rubin downed Morth and Mladenov from St. John's, 8-1. For Narayana and Max Schnur, Dartmouth's Kipouras and Nordahl were no match as the Columbia tandem capture an 8-2 victory.