NEW YORK—The Columbia women’s tennis team hosts Kentucky on Saturday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. First-serve is at noon. 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 (5-2) is coming off a successful weekend at the ECAC Tournament in Princeton in which the Lions registered wins in two of their three matches against Ivy League opponents. The Lions dropped their opener to Dartmouth (4-1) and then registered back-to-back wins over Yale (4-0) and Penn (4-3). First-year Christie Wan won three consecutive singles matches on the weekend and junior co-captain Andrea Kevakian won the deciding match as Columbia came back to defeat Penn on Sunday.

 

Columbia’s probable singles lineup consists of Wan (8-9) at No. 1, first-year Jennifer Kerr (11-6) at No. 2, Kevakian (14-3) at No. 3, junior Sarah Hu (12-7) at No. 4, sophomore Ali Pollack (9-5) at No. 5 and either sophomore Renee Ren (8-3), first-year Sarah Rahman (6-6) or senior co-captain Adi Milstein (6-4) at No. 6. Columbia’s No. 1 doubles duo of Milstein and Wan is 16-4. The other two doubles teams have seen a variety of players. For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.

 

Kentucky (4-2) is listed among the Oracle ITA’s “Others Receiving Votes” after being ranked as high as No. 21 nationally earlier in the year. The Wildcats feature one nationally ranked singles player in No. 66 Akvile Parazinskaite (No. 66) and a nationally ranked doubles tandem of Mami Adachi and Emily Fanning (No. 28). Kentucky last defeated No. 16 Baylor 4-1 and lost to No. 22 Ohio State 4-1. The Wildcats are on a two-match road swing to the East Coast where they will compete against Columbia on Saturday and Princeton on Sunday.

 

Columbia dropped a 4-0 loss at Kentucky last year on Feb. 24, 2017.

 

The match is the first of a two-match homestand for Columbia as the Lions host Maryland on Saturday, March 3.

 

COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES

 

*Columbia is coming off a successful 2-1 weekend at the ECAC Championships after wins over Yale and Penn. First-year Christie Wan won three straight matches at No. 1 singles and junior Andrea Kevakian won the clinching match against Penn.

 

*Kentucky (4-2) is listed among the Oracle ITA’s “Others Receiving Votes” after being ranked as high as No. 21 nationally earlier in the year. The Wildcats feature one nationally ranked singles player in No. 66 Akvile Parazinskaite (No. 66) and a nationally ranked doubles tandem of Mami Adachi and Emily Fanning (No. 28). Kentucky last defeated No. 16 Baylor 4-1 and lost to No. 22 Ohio State 4-1. The Wildcats are on a two-match road swing to the East Coast where they will compete against Columbia on Saturday and Princeton on Sunday.

 

*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 103 victories, Weintraub guided the Lions to 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.