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Men's Tennis Returns Home to Host Brown, Yale

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/10/2013
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NEW YORK – The 49th-ranked Columbia men’s tennis team returns home to host Brown on Saturday, April 13 and No. 65 Yale on Sunday, April 14 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. Both matches are slated to begin at 2 p.m.

A live blog will be available on the day of each match.

Columbia (11-7, 1-2 Ivy) fell to a tie for sixth place in the Ivy League standings with Cornell after dropping a pair of matches at Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend.

The Lions went toe-to-toe with the No. 18 Crimson at the Beren Tennis Center last Saturday afternoon, but came up just one-point short of knocking off its top-20 Ivy League foe, falling 4-3. The next day came with tough competition, as the Big Green upset the Lions by a 4-2 score at the Boss Tennis Center.

In singles action, No. 60 Winston Lin holds a 10-5 overall mark as the primary Lion at the No. 1 spot. Lin has racked up big wins this season, including two over nationally ranked opponents, and most recently topped Dartmouth’s Xander Centenari in straight sets at the top singles spot, 6-4, 7-5.

Ashok Narayana also picked up a singles win for the Lions in the third position against Dartmouth last weekend, but the Big Green notched victories in the No. 2, 4 and 5 contests to seal the victory. Narayana only needed two sets to down Erik Nordahl in the No. 3 spot, posting a 6-2, 6-3 decision.

The No. 66th-ranked doubles duo of Narayana and Max Schnur hold a solid 11-5 record in the No. 1 position for Columbia this season despite falling to both Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. In the No. 3 doubles spot, the Lions have racked up an 11-6 overall record with three different pairs remaining in the win column on the year. Eric Rubin and Bert Vancura are 1-0, Dragos Ignat and Vancura are 4-3, and Dragos and Rubin are 5-2 in the third flight.

Brown enters the weekend sporting a 12-7 record on the season and a 1-1 Ivy League mark as the Bears are amidst a three-way tie with Yale and Dartmouth in the Ivy League standings.

The Bears split their opening Ivy League weekend with a 5-2 victory over Penn and a 4-3 loss to Princeton. Mike Hill is the sole member of the team to remain unbeaten in singles action last weekend. At No. 2, Hill earned a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Jeremy Court of Penn and won by a 7-6 (5), 6-2 score over Zack McCourt of Princeton.

Justin To and Hill have been at the No. 1 spot in doubles for the Bears this season as the duo looks for their first conference victory this weekend.

Columbia and Brown faced off in Providence last season as the Bears came away with a 5-2 win. Brown took an early lead by winning the doubles point, and the Lions couldn’t get the singles wins to make the comeback.

Yale (15-4, 1-1 Ivy League), which will face Cornell before heading to New York City, split its opening Ivy League weekend, falling 5-2 vs. Princeton before downing Penn, 7-0.

In singles play, six Bulldogs won in straight sets over the Quakers, as Martin Svenning and Marc Powers remained unbeaten in conference play this season. Daniel Hoffman and Powers are the top spot competitors for Yale, with Patrick Chase and John Huang commonly at the No. 2 position.

Last year, the Bulldogs pulled of a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Lions in a nearly five-hour long contest in New Haven.

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