NEW YORK- It was Senior Day for the No. 37 women’s tennis at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Friday, April 18 when they cruised past Penn, 5-0. Seniors Tiana Takenaga, Ioana Alecsiu and Bianca Sanon were honored at the match.
Sanon and Kanika Vaidya kicked off the doubles competition, flying through their match to win 8-0. Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung battled back from a 4-5 deficit to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 position.
The Lions cruised to another victory taking the necessary singles points in straight sets. Jiang burned up the No. 3 match finishing, 6-0, 6-0, before all other matches completed their first set. Vaidya was the next to finish with a score of 6-3, 6-1 in the top spot against Sol Eskenazi. Sanon capped off Senior Day by clinching the win for the Lions in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, against Kana Daniel in the No. 2 match.
Leung and and Takenaga also notched singles victories to push the score to 6-0 for the Lions.
Columbia heads to New Jersey to take on Princeton for their final match of the season on Sunday. A victory would give the Lions a share of their second straight Ivy League title.
No. 37 Columbia 6, Penn 0
1. Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Kana Daniel/Sol Eskenazi (PENN) 8-0
2. Tina Jiang/Crystal Leung (COL) def. Sonya Latycheva/Jaime Yapp-Shing (PENN) 8-6
3. Ioana Alecsiu/Tiana Takenaga (COL) vs. Stephanie Do/Luba Vazhenina (PENN) 5-6, unfinished
1. Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Sol Eskenazi (PENN) 6-3, 6-1
2. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Kana Daniel (PENN) 6-2, 6-1
3. Tina Jiang (COL) def. Sonya Latycheva (PENN) 6-0, 6-0
4. Crystal Leung (COL) def. Luba Vazhenina (PENN) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) vs. Jaime Yapp-Shing (PENN) 7-5, 0-0 unfinished
6. Tiana Takenaga (COL) def. Stephanie Do (PENN) 3-6, 7-6, 1-0
Order of Finish
Doubles (1, 2) Singles (3, 1, 2, 4, 6)