SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Columbia women's tennis team reached
another plateau in program history on Tuesday, garnering the No. 46 national
ranking. This is the first time since the program's inception in 1985 that the
Lions have cracked the poll's top 50.
Columbia entered the spring season sporting the No. 73
ranking and have advanced up the polls through the first seven matches of their
season. The Lions have played an exceptionally challenging schedule to date,
competing against ranked foes four times this year.
Columbia's best win of the year came against then No. 42
Kansas State on Feb. 16 in Memphis, Tenn. The Wildcats, now ranked No. 32 in
the nation, fell to the Lions by a score of 4-2. This past weekend, Columbia
improved to over .500 (4-3) for the first time this season with back-to-back
6-1 wins over Maryland and Akron.
In the individual rankings, this season has seen Columbia
student-athletes reach levels in the polls previously unmatched. Senior Nicole
Bartnik opened the season as the 24th-ranked player in the nation, the highest
singles ranking in program history. In the ITA's most recent doubles poll (Feb.
26), Columbia's doubles team of junior Bianca Sanon and first-year Kanika
Vaidya garnered the No. 29 ranking nationally, the highest of any doubles
tandem in program history.
The Lions will look to build on their early season success
this Saturday when they take on Stony Brook at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at