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Lauren Stratman
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

No. 70 Women’s Tennis Hosts FIU Sunday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/02/2013
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NEW YORK - After opening the season at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Georgia last weekend, the No. 70 Columbia women's tennis team will open its home slate Sunday, Feb. 3 against the visiting Panthers from Florida International. First serve at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center is set for 12 p.m.

Columbia will be looking to get in the win column Sunday, after dropping a pair of tough matches to ranked opponents last week. The Lions opened the season with a 4-1 loss to No. 6 Georgia, before being edged by No. 42 Oklahoma State, 4-3, the following day.

First-year Kanika Vaidya came away with two singles victories in her first two duals with the Lions. No. 81 Bianca Sanon and Crystal Leung also added singles wins against Oklahoma State.

FIU will also enter Sunday's match 0-2 following a 6-1 loss at No. 24 Yale Friday evening. Carlotta Orlando captured the only point for the Panthers in the No. 3 singles match with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Hanna Yu. Rita Maisak and Aleksand Trifunovic notched an upset win in the No. 1 doubles match over No. 49 Yu and Amber Li.

Sunday's match against FIU will be the final tune-up for Columbia before hosting the ECAC Team Championships from Feb. 8-10.

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