NEW YORK - The Columbia women's tennis team will be
represented by six singles players and three doubles duos at the USTA/ITA
Northeast Regional Championships Oct. 19-23. Army will serve as the host of
this year's tournament.
Five Columbia players: Nicole Bartnik, Crystal Leung, Bianca
Sanon, Lauren Stratman and Kanika Vaidya will begin action in the main singles
draw. Iani Alecsiu is scheduled to open competition in the qualifying draw, but
as the first alternate for the main draw she could be moved into the top
bracket when draws are released Thursday night.
In doubles action, Tiana Takenaga will take the court with
Sanon. Columbia's other two doubles pairs are Leung/Bartnik and Stratman/Vaidya.
The Lions last competed at the USTA NTC BJK Women's College
Invitational in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Oct. 6-8. Vaidya, Sanon, Leung and Amy
Li each won three matches at the tournament and reached the finals of their
While her teammates were on the East Coast, Bartnik was
competing in Pacific Palisades, Calif. at the Riviera/ITA All-American
Championships. Bartnik won her opening round match of the prestigious main draw
over No. 15 Natalie Beazant from Rice and went on to force three sets against
No. 4 Zoe Scandalis from USC before falling, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The ITA provides information for each of the Regional
Championships this weekend HERE, and results from each tournament can be found