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Kanika Vaidya is ranked in singles and doubles.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Women’s Tennis Earns Highest Ranking in Program History

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/11/2014
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SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Columbia women’s tennis team is in the midst of a four-match win streak and it has not gone unnoticed, as the Lions have garnered the No. 37 national ranking in the latest ITA poll released on Feb. 11.

The ranking is the highest ever in program history and comes on the heels of the Lions capturing the ECAC Championship over the weekend with victories against Princeton and Yale who are ranked 34th and 69th, respectively, this week.

Columbia defeated Princeton in the semifinals Saturday to set up the showdown between the top-two seeds at the ECAC Championships. The Lions rallied in doubles after dropping the No. 3 match to win the No. 1 and 2 matches to earn the doubles point to go up early on the Bulldogs. Yale evened things with a win in the No. 5 singles match, but Columbia fired back with wins in the No. 1, 3 and 6 matches to take down the Bulldogs for the first time since 2006.

The Lions jumped 14 spots from the previous poll to break into the top-50 for the first time this season. A little less than one year ago, Columbia made its first appearance in program history in the nation’s top-50 with a No. 46 ranking. Columbia would conclude last season ranked 55th after capturing a share of its first-ever Ivy League title.

A pair of doubles tandems are also ranked among the nation’s best, as Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang were slotted 24th, while Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya earned the No. 32 ranking. Vaidya is the lone Lion ranked in singles, coming in at No. 57. 

Columbia is back on the court Saturday when it host Maryland at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at 1 p.m.

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