Women’s Tennis Drops Match to Yale, 6-1 in First Round of ECACs

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team opened the 2011 ECAC Women’s Indoor Tennis Championship in Princeton, N.J., Friday, with its first lost of the season, a 6-1 decision to Yale. With the loss, the Lions are now 5-1 overall on the year. 

Yale won all three doubles points, and five of the six singles points. But Columbia had a win in the No.1 singles spot, and took one of the singles matches to a third set. Sophomore Nicole Bartnik had the lone win, as she beat Yale’s Vicky Brook, 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7-1). 

First-year Bianca Sanon had a tough loss in the No.2 spot, as she won the first set, before falling to Elizabeth Epstein, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Natasha Makarova lost in the No.3 spot to Blair Seideman, 6-4, 7-6(1), while sophomore Chelsea Davis fell at No. 4 to Stephanie Kent, 6-3, 6-4. Sophomore Katarina Kovacevic lost at No. 5, 6-3, 6-2, while first-year Ioana Alecsiu lost at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-1. 

Up next for the Lions is the back draw of the ECAC championship, where the Lions will face off against Cornell University. The Big Red is coming off of a 6-1 loss to Harvard. The match is slated for 8 a.m., Saturday, February 19. 


Yale 6, Columbia 1

Doubles 
1. Vicky Brook/Lindsay Clark (YALE) def. Nicole Bartnik/Bianca Sanon (COL) 8-7 (4-0)
2. Stephanie Kent/Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Natasha Makarova/Katarina Kovacevic (COL) 8-2
3. Silia DeFilippis/Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. Tiana Takenaga/Chelsea Davis (COL) 8-3

Singles 
1. Nicole Bartnik (COL) def. Vicky Brook (YALE) 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7-1)
2. Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. Bianca Sanon (COL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Blair Seideman (YALE) def. Natasha Makarova (COL) 6-4, 7-6 (1-0)
4. Stephanie Kent (YALE) def. Chelsea Davis (COL) 6-3, 6-4
5. Stevi Petrelli (YALE) def. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) 6-3, 6-2
6. Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 6-1, 6-2





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