NEW YORK – The No. 65 Columbia women’s tennis team wraps up the 2013 regular season this weekend with a road match at Penn and its final home match against No. 73 Princeton.
The Lions are set for a 1:30 p.m. match against the Quakers at Hamlin Tennis Center on Friday, April 19, before returning home to host the Tigers at noon at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Sunday, April 21.
Columbia (11-5, 4-1 Ivy) split their matches at Brown and Yale last weekend, winning their fourth straight match to defeat the Bears, 5-2, before dropping a tough 5-2 decision to the Bulldogs in New Haven.
Both Columbia and Yale came into last Sunday’s match undefeated atop the Ivy League standings. With the loss to Yale, the Lions dropped to second place in the conference. Columbia has already tied a school record with four Ivy League victories this season. The Lions are one-half game behind Yale in the standings, with the Bulldogs having played one fewer match. The Bulldogs host Dartmouth (1-3) on Friday before traveling to Harvard (2-2) on Sunday and finishing at Brown (0-4) on April 27.
As the Lions’ primary singles player in the top flight, No. 64 Nicole Bartnik won both her matches at Brown and Yale. Bartnik is 8-6 on the year at No. 1 slot for the Lions.
The 48th-ranked pairing of Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya are 8-1 on the season in doubles play as the Lions top tandom. The partnership of Crystal Leung and Bartnik are 11-4 since the fall, and are 5-2 this spring at the No. 2 spot.
Penn (10-6, 2-3 Ivy) split its last Ivy League road weekend. After topping Dartmouth 5-2 on Saturday, April 13, the Quakers were unable to do the same against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., falling 4-3 to the Crimson on Sunday, April 14.
Sol Eskenazi has been the top player for Penn, sporting a 12-3 overall singles record coming into the weekend. Also successful this season has been Sonya Latycheva, who holds a 9-2 mark at No. 3. Overall, the Quakers are 84-72 on the season in singles action.
In doubles, the No. 44-ranked duo of Augustina Eskenazi and Latycheva has just one loss on the year in the top flight and are 14-1 overall.
Princeton holds an 11-6 record on the year, with a 3-2 conference mark, checking in at third in the Ivy League standings after also splitting their weekend matches. The Tigers started off the past weekend by edging Harvard, 4-3, but fell short by the same score at Dartmouth the next day.
In singles action, No. 125 Amanda Muliawan is 20-6 overall, including an 8-1 mark in the second spot. Lindsay Graff has been the top player at No. 1, going 9-6 overall and 4-1 in Ivy League action.
The doubles pair of No. 83 Graff and Katherine Flanigan are 3-3 on the year, including an unbeaten 2-0 record at No. 2.