NEW YORK – The #45 nationally-ranked Columbia men’s tennis team bounced back from a tough Ivy League weekend Friday, with a 6-1 pounding of Princeton. The Lions improved to 17-4 overall with the win, and 4-2 in the Ivy League, taking sole possession of second place. The match was the last one at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center for senior co-captains Haig Schneiderman and Rajeev Deb-Sen, and the team sent them out in style with a win over the Tigers.
Doubles split early on, as Columbia and Princeton each had a quick win. For the Lions, Haig Schneiderman and Winston Lin won at No.2 over Yohei Shoji and Michael Lin, 8-4. The Tigers evened it up minutes later, as Ben Quazzo and Augie Bloom beat Tizian Bucher and Nathaniel Gery, 8-5 at No.3. The point came down to the No.1 doubles match, where first-years Max Schnur and Ashok Narayana were battling with #65 Matt Siow and Matt Spindler. When the attention of the bubble shifted to the No.1 match, the two teams were even, 5-5. Schnur and Narayana rallied to take the win, 8-5, beating their third nationally-ranked opponent this season, and improving to 14-7 as a duo, 4-2 in Ivy League play.
Up 1-0 the Lions had momentum heading into the singles matches, and used that momentum to get three quick singles wins. Narayana had the first point for Columbia, as he beat Dan Richardson in the No.4 spot, 6-0, 6-1, making it 2-0 Lions. First-year Bert Vancura followed soon after, with a dominant 6-4, 6-2 win over Matt Siow at No.5. And sophomore Tizian Bucher clinched the fourth and final point for Columbia with his 6-3, 6-4 win over Dan Davies in the No.6 spot.
Princeton’s lone point came in the No.1, where two nationally-ranked players were battling. Columbia senior Haig Schneiderman, ranked #96 in the country, fell to Princeton junior Matija Pecotic, ranked #121 in the nation, 6-3, 6-4.
Columbia also had a strong performance from junior Nathaniel Gery in the No.3 spot. Down 4-2 in the first set, he rallied to win three straight games and go up, 5-4. He eventually took the first set over Augie Bloom, 7-5, and won the second set 6-2, to make it 5-1 Lions.
And Columbia got its final point from Lin in the No.2 spot. He rallied from being down a break in the first set to beat Spindler, 7-5, 6-2, and make the final match score, 6-1.
Up next for the Lions is the final match of the season, at Penn. Columbia will head to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on the Quakers, Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Princeton vs Columbia University
Apr 20, 2012 at Dick Savitt Center (New York, NY)
#45 Columbia University 6, Princeton 1
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*
1. #121 Matija Pecotic (PRIN) def. #96 Haig Schneiderman (COL) 6-3, 6-4
2. Winston Lin (COL) def. Matt Spindler (PRIN) 7-5, 6-2
3. Nathaniel Gery (COL) def. Augie Bloom (PRIN) 7-5, 6-2
4. Ashok Narayana (COL) def. Dan Richardson (PRIN) 6-0, 6-1
5. Bert Vancura (COL) def. Matt Siow (PRIN) 6-4, 6-2
6. Tizian Bucher (COL) def. Dan Davies (PRIN) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6*, 1, 3, 2
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