No. 36 Women's Tennis Hosts Two Matches Over the Weekend
New York- The No. 36 Columbia women’s tennis team will play Kansas State on Friday, Feb. 28 and No. 43 Memphis on Sunday, March 2. Both matches will be held at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center and will start at 10 a.m.
The Lions are looking to bounce back after a tough 3-4 loss against Georgia State last weekend. Kanika Vaidya is currently ranked No. 59 in the latest ITA polls, where she is also ranked with doubles partner Bianca Sanon at No. 17. Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung hold the No. 28 spot in the doubles poll.
Kansas State brings No. 82 Petra Niedermayerova to the Big Apple, boasting a 6-1 record at the No. 1 singles position, only dropping a tight tiebreaker match to Sophie Watts of Fresno State in early February. Niedermayerova and Amira St. Hill hold a 4-1 record, dropping their last match to a pair from Tulsa in a tiebreaker.
The Memphis Tigers are looking to snap a two-match losing streak this weekend. The Tigers are currently 7-4 for the 2014 season. Stephanie Mikesz was ranked in the last ITA poll but has since dropped out. Mikesz holds a 6-5 record at the No. 1 singles position with eight of those 11 matches against nationally ranked opponents. Memphis had two ranked doubles teams in the last poll, Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner at No. 38 and Mikesz and Wegner at No. 40. Mikesz and Wegner are currently undefeated, having only played two matches. Hibberd and Wegner hold a 15-10 record. Both pairs have since dropped out in the most recent polls.
Memphis and Kansas State will play a match on Saturday, March 1 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. These home matches will be two of three before a long road stretch for the Lions.