MIAMI, Fla.—The Columbia women’s tennis team travels to Miami, Fla. for its annual Spring Break Trip where it will play three matches on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Lions will play Marquette in a neutral site matchup at the FIU Tennis Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, take on host and No. 43 ranked Florida International on Thursday at 1 p.m., then meet Florida Atlantic on Friday at 10 a.m.
Columbia (5-4) gets back into action after a 10-day break for mid-term exams. The Lions last dropped a close 4-3 decision to Maryland on Saturday, March 3. Columbia is led by junior Andrea Kevakian, who has won 14 of her last 16 singles matches and sports a 15-4 overall record. Senior Adi Milstein is 8-4 in singles and has teamed with first-year Christie Wan for a 16-6 overall doubles record. Two first-years in Wan (8-11) and Jennifer Kerr (12-7) compete at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions respectively. Rounding out Columbia’s top performers in the early-going this year include junior Sarah Hu (12-9), sophomore Ali Pollack (10-6), sophomore Renee Ren (8-3) and first-year Sarah Rahman (6-6). For updated Columbia statistics, click this link.
Senior co-captain Adi Milstein is a Boca Raton native who will be making a Homecoming of sorts this week in her hometown.
Marquette (5-5) enters Tuesday’s competition on a two-dual match win streak following consecutive wins over Northern Illinois and Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles will play two matches in Miami at the FIU Tennis Center.
No. 43 ranked FIU hosts Cleveland State and Syracuse before playing the Lions on Thursday at the FIU Tennis Center. The Panthers are led by the nation’s No. 4 ranked singles player in Andrea Lazaro and the nation’s No. 9 ranked doubles duo of Ulyana Grib and Maryna Veksler. The Lions dropped a close 4-3 decision to FIU last year in New York.
Florida Atlantic (6-4) has three matches before its hosts Columbia on Friday at the FAU Tennis Center. The Owls are led by the nation’s No. 6 ranked singles player Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov.
Columbia returns home to host LIU Brooklyn next Friday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center before beginning Ivy League play on Saturday, March 31 vs. Cornell.
COLUMBIA MATCH NOTES
*Columbia (5-4) begins its annual 2018 Spring Break Trip with a dual match Tuesday vs. Marquette. The match will be played at the FIU Tennis Center at 10 a.m.
*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.
*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.