SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Columbia women's tennis team reached another plateau in program history on Tuesday, garnering the No. 46 national ranking. This is the first time since the program's inception in 1985 that the Lions have cracked the poll's top 50.

Columbia entered the spring season sporting the No. 73 ranking and have advanced up the polls through the first seven matches of their season. The Lions have played an exceptionally challenging schedule to date, competing against ranked foes four times this year.

Columbia's best win of the year came against then No. 42 Kansas State on Feb. 16 in Memphis, Tenn. The Wildcats, now ranked No. 32 in the nation, fell to the Lions by a score of 4-2. This past weekend, Columbia improved to over .500 (4-3) for the first time this season with back-to-back 6-1 wins over Maryland and Akron.

In the individual rankings, this season has seen Columbia student-athletes reach levels in the polls previously unmatched. Senior Nicole Bartnik opened the season as the 24th-ranked player in the nation, the highest singles ranking in program history. In the ITA's most recent doubles poll (Feb. 26), Columbia's doubles team of junior Bianca Sanon and first-year Kanika Vaidya garnered the No. 29 ranking nationally, the highest of any doubles tandem in program history.

The Lions will look to build on their early season success this Saturday when they take on Stony Brook at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at 10 a.m.