Women’s Tennis Drops Close Match to Loyola Marymount, 4-3
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.
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
5. Ioana Alesciu (COL) def. Elisaveta Pironkova (LMU) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 3 ,2 ,5 ,6* ,1