NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team bounced back from a tough weekend at ECACs with a strong win over Binghamton, 4-3 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center Friday. The match was tied 3-3, and came down to the No. 5 singles spot, where sophomore John Yetimoglu had the match-clinching win for the Lions.
As would be the case with the overall match, the doubles point came down to the last possible match. Juniors Haig Schneiderman and Rajeev Deb-Sen had a quick win in the No.3 doubles spot, 8-2, to give the Lions an early advantage. But Binghamton would take the No.1 doubles spot, as sophomore Nathaniel Gery and senior Kevin Kung fell, 8-5. It came down to the No.2 doubles spot, where the Buchers brothers were taking on the Bearcats. Sophomore Cyril Bucher and his brother, first-year Tizian Bucher were tied up 5-5 when the other two matches finished. It was tied up 6-6 on serve then, and the Buchers went up 7-6 to put the match in their control. The Columbia duo managed to break Binghamton, take the No.2 doubles match, 8-6, and take the doubles point. Columbia had an early 1-0 lead heading into singles, which would prove to be the difference.
The singles matches were just as back and forth as the doubles. Cyril Bucher had the first lost, as he fell to Alexandre Haggai, 6-0, 7-5 in the No.3 spot, tying the match up at 1-1. Arnay Jain gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead in the No.2 spot, as he beat Kung, 6-2, 6-2. But sophomore Gery would tie it up once again, keeping the Lions in the match. Gery notched a 7-5, 6-2 win over Gilbert Wong in the No.4 spot. Binghamton would regain control with a win in the No.1 singles spot, as Sven Vloedgraven beat Haig Schneiderman, 6-4, 6-1. The Bearcats were up 3-2 with two matches left on the court.
In the Nos. 5 and 6 spots, both Tizian Bucher and John Yetimoglu were fighting it out in a third set. At No. 6, Tizian had won the first set with ease, and bounced back after dropping the second set. He would score the tying point for Columbia, as he beat Ruben Haggai, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. With the win, the team score was tied at 3-3, and all eyes shifted to the No.5 singles match, where Yetimoglu had a 2-1 advantage in the third set. With the entire team behind him, he was able to do so, taking the win over Rafael Rodrigues, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. With that, the Lions clinched the overall match, 4-3, improving their record to 4-4 overall.
Up next for the Lions is another non-league opponent, as Columbia will host Army at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m.
Columbia 4, Binghamton 3
1. Sven Vloedgraven/Gilbert Wong (BING) def. Nathaniel Gery/Kevin Kung (COL) 8-5
2. Cyril Bucher/Tizian Bucher (COL) def. Alexandre Haggai/Arnav Jain (BING) 8-6
3. Rajeev Deb-Sen/Haig Schneiderman (COL) def. Evan Algier/Andreas Danielsson (BING) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
1. Sven Vloedgraven (BING) def. Haig Schneiderman (COL) 6-4, 6-1
2. Arnav Jain (BING) def. Kevin Kung (COL) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alexandre Haggai (BING) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 6-0, 7-5
4. Nathaniel Gery (COL) def. Gilbert Wong (BING) 7-5, 6-2
5. John Yetimoglu (COL) def. Rafael Rodrigues (BING) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
6. Tizian Bucher (COL) def. Ruben Haggai (BING) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 1, 6, 5*