NEW YORK - The No. 44 Columbia men's tennis team will begin
its 2013 campaign Monday at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center against the visiting
No. 58 BYU Cougars. The season-opener is set for first serve at 11 a.m.
Columbia will look to build on an exceptional fall season
that was highlighted by numerous successful individual performances. "We had a
great fall," said Bid Goswami, The Columbia Tennis Alumni and Friends Head
Coach of Men's Tennis. "Winston Lin came back to where he left off last season and reached the finals of the Princeton
Invitational and the ITA Regional Championship losing in both to Princeton's Matija
Pecotic, who is ranked second in the nation, in very close matches."
The fall season was also highlighted by impressive doubles
results from two Columbia tandems. "Ashok [Narayana] and Max [Schnur] proved to
be the best team in the region, reaching the finals of the back draw of the
All-American and winning a match at the National Indoors to establish themselves
as one of the top teams in the country," commented Goswami. "Our second team of
Winston and Bert Vancura are also ranked No. 38 in the country after their good
showing at the National Indoors."
Monday's contest against
the nationally-ranked Cougars is just the beginning of tough schedule for
Columbia. "We have a great schedule starting with a ranked BYU team on Monday
the 21st and then we play in the ITA Kick-Off Classic in Mississippi against
two more ranked opponents," said Goswami. "We are invited to the Blue-Gray
Invitational in Alabama where we will play three ranked teams before heading to
Texas for our spring trip to play TCU and SMU who are perennial powerhouses. After that, the Ivy League
season starts. Currently, six of eight Ivy League teams are ranked in the top 75
and four of them in the top 50."
Columbia is the second
opponent the Cougars will face during their visit to New York City after downing
Fordham Saturday, Jan. 19, 6-1. BYU opened the season with a pair of wins on
Jan. 12 over Utah State and Weber State at home, and with the win over Fordham
is 3-0. Following Monday's battle between ranked foes, the Cougars will head to
other side of the nation to compete in their respective ITA Kick-Off Classic in
Los Angeles, Calif.
Goswami and his squad have
their sights set on being the best team in Ivy League this season. "Our mission
always is to win the Ivy League Championship and make the NCAA team event and
this year is no different. We have a very good team and barring injuries we
hope to achieve these results," said Goswami. "Also, we are now ranked No. 44
in the nation so it is within our reach to close in on top 25."