NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s tennis team fell to California State University in Northridge, Friday, 5-2. With the loss, the Lions are now 8-6 on the season, having wrapped up their spring break road trip.
Cal State had wins in all three doubles matches to take an early lead over the Lions. Bianca Sanon and Nicole Bartnik lost in the No.1 spot, 8-1, while Katarina Kovacevic and Natasha Makarova also lost 8-1 in the No.2 doubles spot. First-years Ioana Alecsiu and Tiana Takenaga had a battle in the No.3 singles spot however, as they took Lorraine Cheung and Anna Yang to a tiebreaker, before losing, 9-8(4).
In singles, Cal State picked up an early 2-0 lead, as sophomore Bartnik retired in the second set due to injury. Her opponent, Jennifer Sher, picked up the win, 6-3, 3-2, ret. At No.2 singles, Sanon lost in straight sets to Brooke Doane, 6-3, 6-4, while Takenaga also had a straight set lost to Cheung in the No.4 spot, 6-4, 6-3. Senior Makarova had a first set win over her opponent, Maria Pistalu at No.2, but couldn’t sustain it, falling in a tiebreaker, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6.
Columbia’s two wins came at the bottom of the lineup. Sophomore Kovacevic won at No.5, defeating Sabrina Man-Son-Hing, 7-5, 7-6 (5), while first-year Ioana Alecsiu notched her second singles win in as many days, beating Yang at No.6, 6-4, 6-0.
Up next for the Lions is a return to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, where they will take on local rival Long Island, Friday, March 25 at 4 p.m.
Cal State Northridge 5, Columbia 2
1. Jennifer Sher (CSN) def. Nicole Bartnik (COL) 6-3, 3-2, retired
2. Brooke Doane (CSN) def. Bianca Sanon (COL) 6-3, 6-4
3. Maria Pistalu (CSN) def. Natasha Makarova (COL) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
4. Lorraine Cheung (CSN) def. Tiana Takenaga (COL) 6-4, 6-3
5. Katarina Kovacevic (COL) def. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (CSN) 7-5, 7-6 (10-5)
6. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) def. Anna Yang (CSN) 6-4, 6-0