NEW YORK – The tennis season continues for five Lions this week as three men and two women will be back on the courts in Athens, Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex competing in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships set to begin Wednesday, May 21.
On the women’s side, the doubles team of Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung will continue their remarkable season with an opening round matchup against North Carolina’s Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb on Thursday, May 22. Jiang and Leung were a perfect 15-0 during the dual season before dropping their first match of the season in the NCAA Regional against No. 56 Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi from Kentucky. Going back to the fall season, Jiang and Leung combined to post a 31-5 record. Loeb and Carter, the third-ranked doubles team in the nation, are 32-4 on the season, helping lead No. 7 UNC to the team national title match against No. 5 UCLA Tuesday afternoon.
Narayana and Schnur posted a 12-4 mark as the Lions top doubles pairing in the dual season. Overall, the duo went 21-9, winning the doubles title at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to conclude the fall season. In Ivy League action, Narayana and Schnur went undefeated, 5-0, en route to being selected to the All-Ivy League doubles first team for the third straight year. No. 15 Francis Alcantara and Alex Sarkissian from Pepperdine will be on the other side of the net Thursday. Alcantara and Sarkissian went 19-6 as Pepperdine’s top doubles team with a 5-3 mark against ranked opponents.
Lin will be among the first wave of competitors on the court Wednesday when the tournament commences with singles action at 9 a.m. The Columbia junior will take on No. 43 Nick Chappell in the opening round. Lin has yet to lose this spring and is carrying a 20-match win streak into the match against Chappell. The Ivy League Player of the Year went 16-0 during the dual season and is 30-2 overall. Chappell sports a 21-16 overall record, but was just 11-12 during the dual season. Against nationally ranked opponents, he is 5-12. The winner will advance to face the winner of the No. 21 Gonazales Austin (Vanderbilt) and No. 37 Leonard Stakhovsky (Penn State) match Thursday at 9 a.m.