NEW YORK – The #70 nationally-ranked Columbia women’s tennis team fell to #53 Maryland Sunday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, 5-2. The Lions clinched two tough singles wins against the Terps, but couldn’t pull off the team win.
In doubles, Maryland clinched the point with two closes matches in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. At No.1, sophomores Bianca Sanon
and Tiana Takenaga
fought well against one of the top doubles teams in the nation, but fell by just two games, to No.20 Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus, 8-6. Nicole Bartnik
and Iani Alecsiu
also stayed close in the No.2 doubles spot, but fell to Vroni Van Berlo and Cristina Stancu, 8-6. Columbia earned a win in the No.3 spot, as Crystal Leung
and Katarina Kovacevic
beat Jordan Hansbrough and Mikele Irazusta, 8-7(5).
Singles saw two Lions get tough third -set wins for Columbia, while Maryland took four quick singles wins to clinch the match. In the No.1 spot, Bartnik fell to Stancu, 6-4, 6-2, while Sanon fell at NO.2 to Belzunce, 6-2, 6-2. Luss defeated Alecisu 6-3, 6-1 at No.3, while Takenaga fell to Irazusta, 6-4, 6-2 at No.6.
First-year Leung had the first point for the Lions, as she had a three set win in the No.4 spot. Leung beat Van Berlo, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6(7). And Kovacevic made it two for Columbia with a 5-7, 7-6(4), 1-0(3) win over Hansbrough at No.5.
Up next for the Lions is another top-rated opponent, as the Lions will host #53 Memphis, Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m.
Maryland 5, Columbia University 2
4. Crystal Leung
(COL) def. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (7)