NEW YORK - The Columbia men's tennis team has attained the No. 33 ranking in the latest ITA poll released Tuesday, Feb. 26. The ranking is the highest for the Lions since ascending to No. 15 during the 1987 season. Columbia will take the newly minted ranking to the courts at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center Friday when it hosts George Washington for a 2 p.m. match.
Columbia rose 13 spots in the ITA poll from last week's ranking of No. 46 following a 6-1 trouncing of Binghamton last weekend. The Lions have found their stride since two opening season losses, winning five of their last six contests. During that stretch, Columbia took down the Colonials in the opening round of the 2013 ECAC Indoor Team Championships by a score of 4-2.
On the individual front, sophomore Winston Lin climbed to No. 36 in the ITA singles poll by going 3-0 over the last two weeks. Columbia's top singles player improved to 2-1 against ranked competition this season with an upset win over then No. 3 Matija Pecotic to give the Lions a 4-3 win over Princeton.
In doubles, Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur remain ranked in the ITA doubles poll top 25, holding down the No. 22 spot this week. The tandem has gone 3-1 since the last poll was release, defeating opponents from George Washington, Cornell and Binghamton.
George Washington went from unranked one week ago to grabbing the No. 50 ranking in the ITA poll. The Colonials are 4-2 against ranked opponents this season and 5-3 overall following victories over No. 61 South Alabama and No. 60 Georgia State last week.
The Colonials are led by Francisco Dias, who earned the No. 114 singles ranking with an upset win over No. 49 Daniel Leitner of South Alabama.
When the Lions and Colonials met in Ithaca, N.Y. on February 15, Columbia earned the victory by winning the doubles point and three singles matches. Lin toppled Dias in the top singles match, coming back from one set down, while teammates Schnur and Dragos Ignat won their respective singles matches.