Men’s Tennis Falls to Dartmouth in Ivy League Opener, 5-2
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
2. Xander Centenari (DART) def. Kevin Kung
(COL) 6-2, 6-2