NEW YORK - The No. 33 women’s tennis team returns home to host Cornell in the Ivy League opening match this Saturday, March 29 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at noon.
The Lions return home after a fun and win-filled Spring Break trip, first heading to the west coast where they swept UC-Santa Barbara and UNLV, then to Miami, Fla., to take down Albany and FIU. Columbia brings momentum from a seven match-winning streak into the Ivy League season.
Tina Jiang remains undefeated in singles play. Teammate No. 71 Kanika Vaidya boasts a 7-3 record for the year. Her most recent loss coming to then-ranked No. 51 Lucia Batta of UNLV. Columbia boasts two doubles pairs in the top-30. Bianca Sanon and Vaidya hold the No. 14 spot, while Jiang and Crystal Leung hold the No. 30 spot.
The Big Red is currently on a hot streak of their own, winning the past five matches. Alex D’Ascenzo and Dena Tanenbaum are the No. 51 ranked doubles team in the country, and the only ranked players for Cornell. Marika Cusick has been dominating the singles competition as of late, winning her past five matches. D’Ascenzo and Shannon Comolli are right behind her winning their past four singles matches.
Both teams played other Ivy League teams in the ECAC Championship in February, but they have yet to face each other.