Bartnik Garners No. 24 Preseason Ranking; Columbia Slotted 73rd
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Columbia women's tennis team has garnered the No. 73 national ranking in the first poll of the season released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Jan. 3. Senior Nicole Bartnik also secured the No. 24 ranking in the singles poll after an impressive fall season.
The Lions moved up two spots from their fall ranking of 75 heading into the spring campaign. Columbia is one of five Ivy League schools ranked in the ITA's first poll of the New Year. Yale holds the best ranking among the Ancient Eight at 28th, while Brown is 64th, Princeton is 71st and Harvard comes in at 74th.
In the singles poll, the Lions have a trio of players ranked. Bartnik caught voters attention with victories over then No. 15 Natalie Beazant (now No. 50) from Rice and then No. 7 Zoe Scandalis (now No. 19) from USC in the fall. Bartnik also took home the 'A' draw title at the Columbia Invitational.
Also earning national rankings in singles were juniors Bianca Sanon and first-year Kanika Vaidya. Sanon earned the 81st slot after reaching the semifinals of flight 'B' at the NTC BJK Women's Collegiate Invitational and the ITA Northeast Regional. Vaidya is ranked 85th after winning the flight 'B' draw at the Columbia Invitational and the flight 'A' title at the Cissie Leary Invitational. Vaidya reached the finals at the NTC BJK Women's Collegiate Invitational and the ITA Northeast Regional. Bartnik, Sanon and Vaidya are each ranked in the top-five in the Northeast region.
Sanon is also ranked with doubles partner Tiana Takenaga as the 37th-best tandem in the nation. The duo reached the finals at the ITA Northeast Regional and then topped then No. 9 Tan/Tsay from Stanford at the ITA/USTA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Columbia is slated to begin the spring season with a trip to Athens, Ga. to take on Georgia Sunday, Jan. 27. The Lions will host Florida International on Feb. 3 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in their first home match of the season.