NEW YORK—The Columbia women’s tennis team opens its spring 2018 season with a doubleheader on Friday when it hosts Rhode Island and Saint Peter’s Friday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. Columbia will take on Rhode Island at 11 a.m., then host Saint Peter’s at 4 p.m. in back-to-back dual matches.

 

Fans can watch a live feed of each court on the Ivy League Digital Network at this link. A match program is available at this link.

 

Columbia head coach Ilene Weintraub needs just two more victories to become the first coach in school history to reach 100 career dual match victories. With 98 career wins, Weintraub is already the winningest coach in school history.

 

Columbia competes against both Rhode Island and Saint Peter’s for the first time in his women’s tennis history. The match marks the first competition of the spring schedule for Columbia. Rhode Island enters the weekend with an 0-1 record after losing 7-0 at Brown on Sunday, Sept. 21. Saint Peter’s opens spring play on Friday. The Peacocks are 0-3 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play after competing in several dual matches last fall.

 

COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES

 

*Columbia is coming off a successful fall season which saw eight of its nine players register records of .500 or better. Junior Andrea Kevakian (Flight B Singles) and the doubles team of senior Adi Milstein and first-year Christie Wan captured championships at the Cissie Leary Invitational, while Wan and Milstein went on to advance to the semifinals of the ITA Northeast Regionals with four consecutive wins.

 

*Kevakian, who has won eight consecutive singles matches, led the Lions with a 10-2 fall singles record. Sarah Hu finished 9-4, first-year Paulina Ferrari went 8-4 and sophomore Renee Ren added a 7-2 record. Rounding out the Lions’ singles competitors included first-year Jennifer Kerr (6-5), Milstein (4-3), first-year Sarah Rahman (5-5) and first-year Christie Wan (4-7). In doubles, Milstein and Wan teamed for a 13-2 overall record, followed by Ferrari and Kerr (4-3) and Kevakian and Ren (3-1).

 

*According to tennisrecruiting.net, Columbia welcomed the nation’s No. 10 ranked incoming 2017 recruiting class in September. The four newcomers include first-years Paulina Ferrari, Jennifer Kerr, Sarah Rahman and Christie Wan. All four were ranked among the nation’s top-100 players in the 2017 recruiting class: Wan (No. 15), Kerr (No. 20), Ferrari (No. 62) and Rahman (No. 71). It ranks as Columbia’s second-highest recruiting class in school history and its third top-25 recruiting class in the last four years.

 

*Senior Adi Milstein and junior Andrea Kevakian were named team captains this summer.

 

*Head Coach Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02 enters her 11th season at the helm of the Columbia women’s tennis program. The winningest coach in school history with 98 victories, Weintraub guided the Lions toe their first Ivy League Championship in 2013, led the program to a top-40 national ranking in 2016, captured two ECAC Championships (2014 and 2016) and has recruited two national top-10 recruiting classes to Columbia (No. 6 in 2015 and No. 10 in 2017). She was named the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.

 

*Weintraub is joined by first-year assistant coach Dillon Pottish and volunteer assistant coach AJ Nelson.