NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team had a tough loss against Loyola Marymount Thursday, as the Lions lost, 4-3 after sweeping the doubles point in Los Angeles, Calif.
Columbia had strong wins in all three doubles spots. At No.1, sophomore Nicole Bartnik and senior Natasha Makarova had the first win, as they came up 8-4. First-years Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga won easily at No.2, 8-2, while sophomores Katarina Kovacevic and Chelsea Davis won 8-3 at No.3.
Singles saw the two teams go back and forth, before LMU took the lead for good. Though Columbia had a 1-0 lead coming out of the doubles point, that would quickly be neutralized. In the No. 4 singles spot, Davis had won the first set, 6-1, and was winning 4-2 in the second, when injury forced her to retire. LMU made it 2-1 with a win at No.3, as Takenaga lost to Miya Jin, 6-2, 6-3. Loyola increased the lead to 3-1 with a win in the No.2 singles spot, as Makarova lost to Melissa Valenzuela, 6-3, 6-3.
Columbia first-year Ioana Alecsiu kept the Lions in the fight, 3-2, as she won in the No.5 singles spot. Alecsiu defeated Elisaveta Pironkova, 7-5, 6-2. But a three set battle in the No.6 singles spot proved to be the difference, as LMU clinched the win with a fourth point there. Kovacevic had a tough battle, coming back after a first set loss to force it to three, but in the end, LMU’s Ashley Anderson pulled out the win, 6-0, 6-7, 6-2.
Sanon added one more point for the Lions in the No.1 spot, as she came out on top of a three set battle. Sanon beat April Bisharat, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
With the loss, the Lions are now 8-5 overall.
Loyola Marymount University 4, Columbia 3
Order of Finish: 1, 2*, 3
1. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. April Bisharat (LMU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Melissa Valenzuela (LMU) def. Natasha Makarova (COL) 6-3, 6-3
3. Miya Jin (LMU) def. Tiana Takenaga (COL) 6-2, 6-3
4. Reka Rohonyi (LMU) def. Chelsea Davis (COL) 1-6, 2-4, retired
5. Ioana Alesciu (COL) def. Elisaveta Pironkova (LMU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Ashley Anderson (LMU) def. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) 6-0, 6-7, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 3 ,2 ,5 ,6* ,1