NEW YORK – The No. 47 Columbia men’s tennis team will bring the 2013 spring season to a close this weekend with a home match against Penn Friday, April 19 and a road match at Princeton Sunday, April 21. First serve of both matches is slated for 2 p.m.
The Lions (13-7, 3-2 Ivy) improved to 6-1 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center last weekend with wins over Brown (5-2) and Yale (6-1). With the victories, Columbia is now 3-2 against the Ancient Eight and enters the final week in third place in the conference standings. Princeton has a grasp on the second spot with a 4-1 mark, while Penn finds itself in eighth with a 1-4 record against the Ivy League.
Columbia’s top singles player, Winston Lin, claimed the No. 67 ranking in this week’s ITA singles poll after going 1-1 last weekend. On the year, Lin has recorded a team-best 23 victories, while going 11-6 in No. 1 dual matches. Dragos Ignat and Ashok Narayana each won both their singles matches last weekend at the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Ignat now has 22 total wins as a first-year and is 4-1 in conference, while Narayana has posted 17 victories to go with a 3-2 Ivy League record.
Narayana and doubles partner Max Schnur come into the final weekend ranked 69th in the nation after recording a pair of wins against Yale and Brown. The duo has won 23 matches, dating back to the fall, and is 13-5 this spring in dual contests.
The Quakers sport an even 9-9 overall record heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Penn notched its first Ivy League win of the year last Saturday, downing Dartmouth at home, 4-3. On Sunday, the Quakers once again played well, but ultimately lost to No. 22 Harvard, 4-3.
Ismael Lahlou leads Penn in victories this spring, registering 13 wins and just five losses, while competing in four different spots. Vim De Alwis, who has seen all of his action this spring at the No. 5 and 6 positions, is second on the team with a 12-4 mark.
Doubles play has been a weak spot for the Quakers in the spring, using 18 different pairs and playing to a combined 22-30 record.
Similar to Penn, the Tigers split a pair of matches last weekend, falling 5-2 to Harvard before bouncing back to defeat Dartmouth by the same score. The Tigers are now 15-5 this spring and will travel to Cornell Friday before hosting Columbia Sunday.
Matija Pecotic boasts a No. 7 national ranking, playing to a 14-3 in the top spot this spring. One of those losses came against Columbia’s Lin at the ECAC Indoor Championships, when Pecotic was ranked third in the nation. Lin took down the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year in three sets. Going back to fall play, Pecotic has amassed a 40-5 record.
Pecotic and Zack McCourt have teamed up to compile a 12-3 record, and a No. 85 national ranking, as Princeton’s top doubles team. In dual action this spring, the Tigers as a team are 42-13 in doubles competition.