Men's Tennis Loses to New Mexico State, 4-0
NEW YORK - The Columbia men's tennis team finished its 2011 spring break trip with a 4-0 loss to New Mexico State in a neutral site match in Arlington, Texas, Saturday. With the loss, the Lions are now 6-8 overall.
The match began with the doubles point, which New Mexico State clinched with wins in the Nos.1 and 3 spots. Senior Kevin Kung
and sophomore Nathaniel Gery
dropped a tough match in the No.1 spot, 8-6, while juniors Haig Schneiderman
and Rajeev Deb-Sen
also fell 8-6 in the No.3 spot. Cyril Bucher
and Tizian Bucher
were playing in the No.2 doubles spot, but that match stopped when the doubles point was clinched.
In singles, New Mexico had three straight set wins to end the match. At No.1, Schneiderman was taking on nationally-ranked #67 Arthur Surreaux, and fell 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Cyril Bucher
lost in the No.2 spot to Jim Brouleau, 6-2, 6-0, and first-year Tizian Bucher
fell at No.5 to Luis Ramirez, 7-5, 6-4. With New Mexico State clinching the 4-0 team win, the remaining three matches were suspended, and remain unfinished.
Up next for Columbia is a home stand weekend, as the Lions host two non-league opponents before beginning the Ivy League slate. Friday, March 25, Columbia will host Illinois State, before hosting local rival St. John's, Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.
NM State-4, Columbia-0
2. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. Cyril Bucher
(Columbia) 6-2, 6-0
3. Orlando Superlano (NMSU) vs. Kevin Kung