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No. 51 Women's Tennis Comes Home to Face Denver

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/30/2014
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New York- The No. 51 Columbia women’s tennis team will take on the No. 54 Denver Pioneers on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

Both teams are coming off a 1-1 showing in the ITA Kick-off Weekend. Columbia traveled to Durham, N.C. where they fell to No. 10 Duke, 0-4, then bounced back to take down No. 53 Tulane, 4-0, in the consolation match.

No. 20 Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang helped Columbia gain some traction with a 6-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles match against Ipek Birol and Sophie Blom on Sunday against Tulane. Jiang and teammates, Kanika Vaidya and Ioana Alecsiu clinched the victory in singles play, taking down each of their opponents in straight sets.

Denver played No. 3 North Carolina during the ITA Kick-off Weekend dropping the match, 0-4. They went on to defeat No. 39 Virginia Commonwealth in the consolation match, 4-3, in a thrilling tiebreaker in the No. 3 singles match.  While none of the Pioneers players are ranked, they still bring a strong line-up with them. The Pioneers bring a young team to New York, with only two seniors on the team.  

This will be the final competition before the Lions host the ECAC Team Tournament the weekend of Feb. 7 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. 

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