Women's Tennis Breaks Program Record with No. 27 Ranking Before Road Stretch
NEW YORK - Exactly one month after they broke the program record the first time, the Columbia women’s tennis team has done it again, taking the No. 27 position and breaking into the top-30 for the first time in the latest ITA poll. The ranking comes just as the Lions head out on a two-week road stretch, starting with UC-Santa Barbara and UNLV in Las Vegas this weekend.
The latest rankings reflected not only the team’s accomplishments but also individual achievements too. Kanika Vaidya remained in the top-100 singles players taking the No. 70 spot with teammate Bianca Sanon making her way back into the rankings at No. 119 after dropping out earlier this year. Sanon and Vaidya combined make up the No. 13 doubles pair in the latest polls. Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung take the No. 28 doubles ranking.
The first match for the Lions will be against UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 16. The Gauchos have struggled this season only winning three matches all year and have been unable to break the .500 mark in any singles or doubles position. The team has a little bit of momentum after splitting this past weekend against UC-Davis and Fresno State.
Columbia will wrap up its Las Vegas trip with the UNLV Rebels, who are hosting both Columbia and UC-Santa Barbara on Monday, March 19. The Rebels have an excellent home record, only dropping one match to now ranked No. 13 Michigan this past weekend. Even though they do not have any ranked players, the Rebels have a strong doubles team with Lucia Batta and Santa Shumilina who are 5-2 at the No. 1 position.