ITA Women's Polls
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Columbia women's tennis team has
garnered the No. 73 national ranking in the first poll of the season released
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Jan. 3. Senior Nicole Bartnik
also secured the No. 24 ranking in the singles poll after an impressive fall
The Lions moved up two spots from their fall ranking of 75
heading into the spring campaign. Columbia is one of five Ivy League schools
ranked in the ITA's first poll of the New Year. Yale holds the best ranking
among the Ancient Eight at 28th, while Brown is 64th, Princeton is 71st and
Harvard comes in at 74th.
In the singles poll, the Lions have a trio of players
ranked. Bartnik caught voters attention with victories over then No. 15 Natalie
Beazant (now No. 50) from Rice and then No. 7 Zoe Scandalis (now No. 19) from
USC in the fall. Bartnik also took home the 'A' draw title at the Columbia
Also earning national rankings in singles were juniors
Bianca Sanon and first-year Kanika Vaidya. Sanon earned the 81st slot after
reaching the semifinals of flight 'B' at the NTC BJK Women's Collegiate
Invitational and the ITA Northeast Regional. Vaidya is ranked 85th after
winning the flight 'B' draw at the Columbia Invitational and the flight 'A'
title at the Cissie Leary Invitational. Vaidya reached the finals at the NTC
BJK Women's Collegiate Invitational and the ITA Northeast Regional. Bartnik,
Sanon and Vaidya are each ranked in the top-five in the Northeast region.
Sanon is also ranked with doubles partner Tiana Takenaga as
the 37th-best tandem in the nation. The duo reached the finals at the ITA
Northeast Regional and then topped then No. 9 Tan/Tsay from Stanford at the
ITA/USTA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Columbia is slated to begin the spring season with a trip to
Athens, Ga. to take on Georgia Sunday, Jan. 27. The Lions will host Florida International
on Feb. 3 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in their first home match of the