NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s tennis lost its first Ivy League match of the season Friday on the road in Hanover, N.H., as the Lions were downed by Dartmouth, 5-2. Columbia won the doubles point, but could only pull out one singles win, giving the Big Green the win.
The doubles point was a battle for both teams. Dartmouth took an early lead, as Tizian Bucher and Cyril Bucher dropped their match in the No.2 spot, 8-1. But Columbia answered with a win at No.3, where juniors Haig Schneiderman and Rajeev Deb-Sen won, 8-6. And in the No.1 doubles spot, Nathaniel Gery and Kevin Kung pulled out a big win in the tiebreaker, beating Stephen Grief and Curtis Roby, 9-8(5).
Though Columbia had the 1-0 lead heading into singles, any momentum was squelched for the Lions, as the Big Green won ever first set. At No.5, sophomore John Yetimoglu battled back from his first set loss to take the second and force a third set, but in the end, Brandon DeBot came out on top, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. At No.2, senior Kung lost to Xander Centenari, 6-2, 6-2, while Cyril Bucher dropped his match at No.3 to Roby, 6-3, 6-0. Cameron Ghorbani beat Gery in the No.4 spot, 6-4, 6-4, while Tizian Bucher lost at No.6 to Chris Ho, 6-4, 6-2.
Columbia’s lone win came in the No.1 singles spot, where junior Haig Schneiderman rallied back from a dropped first set to take the win. Schneiderman beat Michael Laser, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, to put one more point for Columbia on the board, making the final score Dartmouth 5, Columbia 2.
Up next for the Lions is another tough Ivy League matchup, as Columbia heads to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard, Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m.
#74 Dartmouth 5, Columbia 2
1. Haig Schneiderman (COL) def. Michael Laser (DART) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. Xander Centenari (DART) def. Kevin Kung (COL) 6-2, 6-2
3. Curtis Roby (DART) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 6-3, 6-0
4. Cameron Ghorbani (DART) def. Nathaniel Gery (COL) 6-4, 6-4
5. Brandon DeBot (DART) def. John Yetimoglu (COL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6. Chris Ho (DART) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 6-4, 6-2