NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team continued its recent success Saturday, as the Lions swept Sacramento State, 7-0, to extend the team’s winning streak to eight. Columbia is now 12-2 overall this season, after beating the Hornets in a neutral site match in Arlington, Texas.
Columbia won two of the three doubles matches and all six singles matches to sweep Sacramento State. Senior Haig Schneiderman and first-year Winston Lin got things started for Columbia in the No.1 doubles spot, where they defeated Sean Kolar and Tom Miller, 8-3. First-years Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur clinched the point moments later, with an 8-5 win over Javier Millan and Marek Marksoo. Juniors Nathaniel Gery and John Yetimoglu fell at the hands of Aliaksandr Malko and Roy Brandys in the No.3 spot, 8-7(2).
The Lions had three quick singles wins to clinch the team match, while two of the matches were three set battles.
First-year Bert Vancura had the first win for Columbia, as he beat Miller in the No.6 spot, 6-1, 6-2. Narayana made it 3-0 in favor of the Lions with his 6-3, 6-2 win over Kolar at No.3, and Lin clinched for Columbia with his 6-3, 7-5 win over Millan at No.2. In the No.4 singles spot, Gery had a straight set win as well, beating Marksoo 6-3, 7-6(6).
Senior Haig Schneiderman had more of a battle in the No.1 spot, as he rallied back from dropping the first set to beat Malk, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. And Yetimoglu made it a 7-0 sweep with his win at No.5, where he defeated Brandys, 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-7.
The Lions return home for their next two matches before opening the Ivy League season, as Columbia will host South Florida, Friday, March 23 at 2 p.m., and local rival St. John’s, Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
Columbia 7, Sacramento State 0
1. #64 Haig Schneiderman (COL) def. MALKO, Aliaksandr (SAC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Winston Lin (COL) def. MILLAN, Javier (SAC) 6-3, 7-5
3. Ashok Narayana (COL) def. KOLAR, Sean (SAC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Nathaniel Gery (COL) def. MARKSOO, Marek (SAC) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
5. John Yetimoglu (COL) def. BRANDYS, Roy (SAC) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7
6. Bert Vancura (COL) def. MILLER, Tom (SAC) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1*,3); Singles (6,3,2*,4,1,5)