NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team ended the last day of the ECAC championship in Princeton, N.J., with a loss to Ivy League foe Dartmouth, 4-2. The two teams did not play doubles.
First-year Bianca Sanon had a loss in the No. 2 spot, as she fell to Dartmouth’s Sarah Leonard, 7-5, 6-1. Senior Natasha Makarova fell at No. 3 to Melissa Matsuoka, 6-1, 6-1, while Chelsea Davis had a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Ryan Reichel in the No. 4 spot. First-year Ioana Alecsiu won the first set at No.5 against Christina Danosi, but fell in three, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Columbia had two singles wins to stay in the match. First-year Tiana Takenaga defeated Rachel Decker in the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-4, while sophomore Nicole Bartnik rallied to win in three set at the No. 1 spot. She beat Molly Scott, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Up next for the Lions is a six-match road trip. Columbia will open the trip in College Park, Md., as the Lions take on Maryland, Friday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
Dartmouth 4, Columbia 2
1. Nicole Bartnik (COL) def. Molly Scott (DART) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
2. Sarah Leonard (DART) def. Bianca Sanon (COL) 7-5, 6-1
3. Melissa Matsuoka (DART) def. Natasha Makarova (COL) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ryan Reichel (DART) def. Chelsea Davis (COL) 6-4, 6-1
5. Christina Danosi (DART) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Tiana Takenaga (COL) def. Rachel Decker (DART) 6-1, 6-4