NEW YORK - After spending last weekend in Central New York
competing at the 2013 ECAC Indoor Tennis Championships, the No. 46 Columbia
men's tennis team will return home to face Binghamton Saturday. Competition at
the Dick Savitt Tennis Center is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Columbia is coming off a tough loss in the finals of the
ECAC Championship to host No. 63 Cornell. The Lions reached the finals after
dispatching George Washington in the opening round and then posted a thrilling
defeat of No. 65 Princeton in the semifinals.
The match against the Tigers came down to the top singles
contest, where No. 60 Winston Lin came back from dropping the first set and a
4-0 third-set deficit to defeat Majita Pecotic, the No. 3 ranked player in the
Binghamton enters Saturday's match with an identical 4-3
record to the Lions. The Bearcats last competed on Feb. 9, edging Boston
College, 4-3, in a neutral site match in Hanover, N.H. Binghamton is 0-2
against the Ivy League this season, losing to Brown and Dartmouth.
Robin Lesage has been the Bearcats' No. 1 player during the
dual season, earning a 5-2 mark at that spot. He leads the team with 11
victories since the fall. The rest of Binghamton's lineup has not been as
standard. Freshman Alexander Maisin is second on the team with 10 wins, but has
seen time at both the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Saturday's match is the first of three consecutive matches
at home for Columbia. The Colonials will travel to New York City for a rematch
with the Lions on March 1 and then St. John's will visit the Dick Savitt Tennis
Center a week later.