NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis team opened its 2011 spring break trip with a 6-1 lost to #58 SMU in Dallas, Texas Tuesday. With the loss, the Lions are now 6-5 overall.
Columbia lost all three doubles matches in close battles. Senior Kevin Kung and sophomore Nathaniel Gery fell in the No.1 spot, 8-6, while Cyril Bucher and Tizian Bucher also lost 8-6 in the No.2 spot. And at No.3, juniors Haig Schneiderman and Rajeev Deb-Sen fell in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (10-8).
The six singles matches saw some bright spots for Columbia in the loss. Two of the matches went to a tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, including Schneiderman at No.1, who was taking on a top-40 player. Schneiderman faced off against Artem Barasach, who is ranked #38 in the nation right now. Schneiderman took the first set from Barasach, 7-5, before dropping the second set, 6-0. Since the match was already decided, the two played a tiebreaker, and Baradach ended up with the win, 5-7, 6-0, 11-9. Sophomore Gery also had a tough match in the No.4 spot, as he took SMU’s Adham El-Effendi to a tiebreaker as well. Gery also won the first set 7-5, before dropping the second and the tiebreaker. El-Effendi won the match, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.
The other three matches for Columbia were all losses in straight sets. Cyril Bucher lost at No.2 to David Costa, 6-3, 6-1, while his brother Tizian Bucher fell at No.5 to Mischa Nowicki, 6-2, 6-2. And senior Kung lost at No.3 to Gaston Cuadranti, 6-2, 6-3.
Columbia’s lone win came in the No.6 singles spot, from junior Rajeev Deb-Sen. After dropping the first set to Robert Sajovich, Deb-Sen came back to win the second set 6-1, and take the match in a tiebreaker, 10-8.
Up next for the Lions is Texas Christian University, who Columbia will face off against, Thursday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
#58 SMU Mustangs 6, Columbia 1
1. #38 Artem Baradach (SMU) def. Haig Schneiderman (COL) 5-7, 6-0, 11-9
2. David Costa (SMU) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 6-3, 6-1
3. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Kevin Kung (COL) 6-2, 6-3
4. Adham El-Effendi (SMU) def. Nathaniel Gery (COL) 5-7, 6-3, 10-8
5. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 6-2, 6-2
6. Rajeev Deb-Sen (COL) def. Robert Sajovich (SMU) 5-7, 6-1, 10-8