NEW YORK - The Columbia men's tennis team will be back on
the court beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, competing at the USTA/ITA Northeast
Regional Championships hosted by Yale in New Haven Conn. Over 100 players will be
in action at the tournament with competition beginning Thursday at 8 a.m. with
the qualifying draw and continuing through Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Six Columbia players will open play in the main singles
draw. Ashok Narayana, Winston Lin and Dragos Ignat each have a bye into the
second round and will await the qualifying draw and first round results to
discover whom their first match of the tournament will be against.
Max Schnur, Bert Vancura and Eric Rubin are each slated for
main draw first round matchups. Schnur will face Princeton's Dan Richardson,
Vancura is set to take on Binghamton's Florian Van Kann, while Rubin will
challenge Hugo Morth from St. John's.
Three doubles tandems will also be in action for Columbia.
Narayana and Schnur, fresh off three wins over ranked opponents and an
appearance in the consolation finals at the ITA All-American Championships, are
the second seed and will go up against the winner of Dartmouth's
Kipouras/Nordahl and Connecticut's Spreyer/Lin. Ignat and Rubin will be across
the net from Marist's Bishop/Klassen in the opening round, while Lin and
Vancura will see Colgate's Berkowitz/Jewett in the opening round.
Each match of the tournament will be a tough battle, as the singles
and doubles main draw winners will earn a spot in the prestigious USTA/ITA National
The ITA provides an overview of each of the Regional
Championships at the following link, while results throughout the tournament
will be posted HERE.