Video: Columbia Invitational Preview
NEW YORK - The Columbia women's tennis team will open the
fall 2012 season this weekend, hosting the Columbia Invitational Friday, Sept.
14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.
The Lions will welcome Harvard, St. John's, Binghamton,
Fairfield, UMass and Penn to the Dick Savitt Tennis Center for three days of
competition. The Columbia Invitational will feature four draws of singles
competition, as well as two doubles draws over the course of the weekend.
Columbia is coming off the best season in program history. The
Lions played their way to a 13-6 overall record, and 4-3 in the Ivy League.
Nicole Bartnik, the Ivy League Player of the Year last season returns for her
senior campaign. Bartnik will use the first two tournaments of the fall season
to prepare for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, which she was
selected to compete in by the ITA. The All-American Championships is considered
the premiere tournament of the fall tennis season.
In addition to Bartnik's return, Columbia did not lose a
single student-athlete to graduation. The Lions welcome a trio of freshmen who
will look to help Columbia improve upon its third-place Ivy League finish in
Following this weekend, Columbia will head to Philadelphia,
Pa. to compete at the Cissie Leary Invitational Sept. 21-23.