New York- The Columbia women’s tennis team took down the No. 43 Memphis Tigers this morning at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center, 4-3.
The Lions jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, taking the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches. No. 28 Tina Jiang and Crystal Leung took down Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner in the No. 2 match, 8-1. No. 17 Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya clinched the doubles point shortly after, defeating Stefanie Mikesz and Anki Wind in the No. 1 match, 8-4.
The Lions had a hard fought singles competition. Vaidya extended the Lions lead with a straight set win over Mikesz, 6-1, 6-4. Ioana Alecsiu dropped a tough match at No. 6 to Hibberd, 6-2, 6-2, giving the Tigers their first point of the day. At the No. 4 spot, Leung fought hard, but ultimately fell, 6-4, 6-2, to Wind.
The last three singles matches all went three sets. Sanon’s No. 2 match was tight the whole way. Winning the first set 6-4, Sanon dropped the second set in a tiebreaker 6-7. She came back swinging in the third set to quickly finish it, 6-2.
Vivian Cheng and Jiang both fought to stay alive after dropping their first sets. Cheng won her second set, 6-1 and went 6-6 tiebreaker for the third set, but fell in the tiebreaker. Jiang battled her way to a 7-5 win in the second set and toughed it out to win the match and clinch the win for the Lions with a 6-2 victory in the third.
The Lions are back in action at home next Saturday, March 8 against UMass at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
No. 36 Columbia 4, No. 43 Memphis 3
1. Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Stefanie Mikesz/Anki Wind (MEM) 8-4
2. Tina Jiang/ Crystal Leung (COL) def. Alyssa Hibberd/ Caroline Wegner (MEM) 8-1
3. Tiana Takenaga/Ioana Alecsiu (COL) vs. Marta Morga/Liza Tymchenko (MEM) 3-6, unfinished
1. Kanika Vaidya (COL) def. Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) 6-1, 6-4
2. Bianca Sanon (COL) def. Skylar Kuykendall (MEM) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
3. Tina Jiang (COL) def. Caroline Wegner (MEM) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
4. Anki Wind (MEM) def. Crystal Leung (COL) 6-4, 6-2
5. Marta Morga (MEM) def. Vivian Cheng (COL) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6
6. Alyssa Hibberd (MEM) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 6-2, 6-2