New York- The No. 51 Columbia women’s tennis team took down No. 69 Princeton, 4-1, in the second day of the ECAC Championships on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
The Lions jumped out to a early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. No. 24 Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya brought home the first match in a hard fought 6-4 win over Princeton’s Lindsay Graff and Dorothy Tang. No. 20 Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung quickly followed their teammates, defeating Amanda Muliawan and Alanna Wolff, 6-4, just minutes after.
Sanon was the first to take a singles point when she swept Lindsay Graff, 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. Takenaga finished her No. 5 match against Katie Goepel in the same fashion. Princeton managed to get on the board when Tang took down Alecsiu in a tiebreaker, 10-6, after splitting sets. The Lions clinched the final singles point when Vaidya took down Graff in a hard fought match, 7-5, 6-1, in the top match.
The Lions will play the winner of the Yale vs. Brown match tomorrow Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Championship match at 1 p.m. in the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
#51 Columbia 4, #69 Princeton 1
1. No. 24 Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Lindsay Graff/Dorothy Tang (PRI) 6-4
2. No. 20 Tina Jiang/Crystal Leung (COL) def. Amanda Muliawan/Alanna Wolff (PRI) 6-4
3. Ioana Alecsiu/Tiana Takenaga(COL) vs. Emily Hahn/Katherine Flanigan (PRI) 3-4, unfinished
1. No. 75 Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Lindsay Graff (PRI) 7-5, 6-1
2. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Amanda Muliawan (PRI) 6-0, 6-1
3. Tina Jiang (COL) vs. No. 62 Alanna Wolff (PRI) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
4. Crystal Leung (COL) vs. Emily Hahn (PRI) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
5. Tiana Takenaga (COL) def. Katie Goepel (PRI) 6-0, 6-1
6. Dorothy Tang (PRI) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 6-0, 4-6, 10-6