NEW YORK – The 40th-ranked Columbia men’s tennis team is set to return to its home courts at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center this weekend, hosting Georgia State in a 2 p.m. match Friday, Jan. 31 and DePaul at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Columbia stands at 3-1 on the season after splitting a pair of matches last weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Classic hosted by the University of Georgia. The Lions fell to the third-ranked Bulldogs, 4-2, in the opening match, but bounced back to topple then No. 36 Washington, 4-0.
The Lions’ two ranked singles players, No. 8 Winston Lin and No. 125 Ashok Narayana each won both of their singles matches in Athens, Ga. Narayana posted a stellar victory against No. 48 Ben Wagland from Georgia in straight sets, while Lin was able to come away with a win in three sets against the Bulldogs’ Nathan Pasha who is ranked 21st in the nation.
Georgia State, who entered the season ranked No. 62, lost a pair of matches in Los Angeles, Calif. to No. 63 Wichita State and Santa Clara to fall from the rankings this week. Competing as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, the Panthers lost a close 4-3 decision to the Shockers and were then swept by Santa Clara.
Robert Schulze and Sofiane Chevallier remain undefeated in singles this spring for the Panthers. Each player stands at 3-0, with Schulze playing as the No. 4, while Chevallier has held down the No. 6 spot.
DePaul’s match against Columbia will compete an East Coast swing for the Blue Demons, as they will take on Big East foe St. John’s on Friday, Jan. 31. Depaul opened the season with a 6-1 triumph over Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 17, but was edged by Green Bay on Jan. 25, 4-3.
Similar to Georgia State, the Blue Demons have a pair of athletes at the latter end of their lineup that enter the weekend undefeated. Paul John, Depaul’s No. 4, is 2-0 so far in singles and has an identical mark as a member of the No. 3 doubles team with Josh Schramm. Schramm is 2-0 in singles as well, with one win at No. 5 and another at No. 6.
These two duals will serve as the final tuneup for the Lions before they head to Hanover, N.H. to compete in the ECAC Championships from Feb. 14-16.