No. 56 Women’s Tennis Set to Host Harvard and Dartmouth This Weekend
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team will host Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend in two of its three home Ivy League contests. The Crimson will visit the Dick Savitt Tennis Center for a Friday afternoon matinee at 2 p.m., while the Big Green will be across the net from Columbia on Saturday, also at 2 p.m.
The Lions opened up the Ivy League slate with a dominating showing on the road at previously unbeaten Cornell. Columbia blanked the Big Red, 7-0, highlighted by a complete shutout, 6-0, 6-0, by Tiana Takenaga in the No. 6 match against Lauren Frazier.
Crystal Leung continued her scorching spring season, moving to 10-0 in 2013 with a straight-set victory in the No. 4 match. Columbia’s top singles player, No. 69 Nicole Bartnik, notched her fourth win of the spring season in a three-set tiebreaker against Sarah O’Neil.
The Crimson make the journey to New York City sporting an 8-4 overall mark as winners in six of its last seven matches. Friday’s contest will be just the third road match of the spring season for Harvard, having downed Stetson, 5-2, and lost to South Florida, 4-3, previously. Harvard rounded out non-conference play last weekend with a 6-1 trouncing of Syracuse. Friday’s Ancient Eight matchup against Columbia will be the Crimson’s conference opener.
Hideko Tachibana has played as the Crimson’s top singles player in 11 matches this spring, earning a 7-4 record. Amanda Lin, who has played in four different spots of Harvard’s lineup, holds a team-best mark of 9-1.
Similar to Columbia’s top doubles pair, Tachibana and Kristin Norton have played to a 6-0 mark this spring to help Harvard win the doubles point in nine of 12 matches.
The Big Green will also open Ivy League competition this weekend, visiting Cornell Friday before challenging the Lions Saturday. Dartmouth concluded out-of-conference action with a four-match swing through California. The Big Green dropped matches to Iowa, San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, but topped CSU Northridge.
Katherine Yau and Melissa Matsuoka have led the way for Dartmouth in singles by winning eight matches this spring. Yau has seen time at each of the top three spots of the lineup, while Matsuoka has been a fixture in the middle of the lineup.
In doubles, Matsuoka has paired with Sarah Bessen to go 6-3 as the No. 2 doubles team for the Big Green. Yau and Akiko Okuda have played to a 5-4 mark as the top doubles pairing.