PHILADELPHIA - The 19th-ranked Columbia men's tennis team ensured at least a share of its 11th Ivy League championship with a strong 4-0 victory at Penn Friday. Columbia will look to clinch the title outright when it hosts Princeton Sunday.
Richard Pham and Bert Vancura paired up to bring the Lions its first win of the day, capturing the No. 3 doubles bout, 8-5. Columbia's top tandem, and the 10th-ranked duo nationally, Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur brought home the doubles point with an 8-2 triump over Nikola Kocovic and Matt Nardella.
Schnur improve the Lions' lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Kocovic in the No. 2 singles match. Dragos Ignat moved Columbia to within one point of the victory, posting his own straight set win over Jeremy Court.
The clincher came from Mike Vermeer in the No. 6 match. Both sets were close against Marshall Sharp, but Vermeer prevailed 6-4, 7-5 to improve Columbia to 19-1 and 6-0 in the Ancient Eight.
Princeton visits the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Sunday with first serve set for 1 p.m.
No. 1 Narayana/Schnur def. Kocovic/Nardella 8-2
No. 2 Lin/Vermeer vs. Katz/Court DNF: 6-7
No. 3 Pham/Vancura def. De Alwis/Kaplan 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1
No. 1 Winston Lin vs. Vim De Alwis DNF: 7-6 (5), 3-1
No. 2 Max Schnur def. Nikola Kocovic 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 Dragos Ignat def. Jeremy Court 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Bert Vancura vs. Zach Katz DNF: 6-7 (4), 4-3
No. 5 Ashok Narayana vs. Matt Nardella DNF: 7-5, 3-4
No. 6 Mike Vermeer def. Marshall Sharp 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 6