NEW YORK- The No. 33 women’s tennis team fell to No. 59 Yale Bulldogs today at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Sunday. April 13, 2-5.
After an intense battle in the doubles competition, the Lions jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs. No. 22 Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya claimed the first half of the point in their 8-2 victory over Madeleine Hamilton and Sherry Li in the No.1 match. Ioana Alecsiu and Tiana Takenaga clinched the doubles point, taking down Courtney Amos and Annie Sullivan, 8-4, in the No. 3 match.
The battle continued in the singles competition. Yale was able to get themselves on the board with Hanna Yu taking the No. 1 match, 6-4, 6-4. Jiang put the Lions back on top in her straight set win at the No. 2 position over Hamilton.
The Lions split sets in four of the six matches. Yale came back from a 2-1 deficit to take the lead 3-2 with victories in the No. 3 and 5 matches from Sullivan and Li. After over three hours of play, Yale clinched the win when Courtney Amos rallied for a three-set victory in the No. 6 match.
The Lions finish the regular season next weekend. They play Penn at home on Friday, April 18 and then head to Princeton on Sunday, April 20 for the season finale. Friday's match will start at 2 p.m.
No. 33 Columbia 2, No. 59 Yale 5
1. #22 Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (COL) vs. Madeleine Hamilton/Sherry Li (YALE) 8-2
2. #34 Tina Jiang/Crystal Leung (COL) vs. Ree Ree Li/Hanna Yu (YALE) 6-6, unfinished
3. Ioana Alecsiu/Tiana Takenaga (COL) vs. Courtney Amos/Annie Sullivan (YALE) 8-4
1. Hanna Yu (YALE) def. #80 Kanika Vaidya (COL) 6-4, 6-4
2. Tina Jiang (COL) def. Madeleine Hamilton (YALE) 6-2, 6-2
3. Annie Sullivan (YALE) def. Bianca Sanon (COL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
4. Ree Ree Li (YALE) def. Crystal Leung (COL) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Sherry Li (YALE) def. Tiana Takenaga (COL) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Courtney Amos (YALE) def. Ioana Alecsiu (COL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish
Doubles (1, 3) Singles (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 4)