NEW YORK - The Columbia men's tennis team has attained the No. 33 ranking in the latest ITA poll released Tuesday, Feb. 26. The ranking is the highest for the Lions since ascending to No. 15 during the 1987 season. Columbia will take the newly minted ranking to the courts at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center Friday when it hosts George Washington for a 2 p.m. match.
Columbia rose 13 spots in the ITA poll from last week's
ranking of No. 46 following a 6-1 trouncing of Binghamton last weekend. The
Lions have found their stride since two opening season losses, winning five of
their last six contests. During that stretch, Columbia took down the Colonials
in the opening round of the 2013 ECAC Indoor Team Championships by a score of
On the individual front, sophomore Winston Lin climbed to
No. 36 in the ITA singles poll by going 3-0 over the last two weeks. Columbia's
top singles player improved to 2-1 against ranked competition this season with
an upset win over then No. 3 Matija Pecotic to give the Lions a 4-3 win over
In doubles, Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur remain ranked in
the ITA doubles poll top 25, holding down the No. 22 spot this week. The tandem
has gone 3-1 since the last poll was release, defeating opponents from George
Washington, Cornell and Binghamton.
George Washington went from unranked one week ago to
grabbing the No. 50 ranking in the ITA poll. The Colonials are 4-2 against ranked
opponents this season and 5-3 overall following victories over No. 61 South
Alabama and No. 60 Georgia State last week.
The Colonials are led by Francisco Dias, who earned the No.
114 singles ranking with an upset win over No. 49 Daniel Leitner of South
When the Lions and Colonials met in Ithaca, N.Y. on February
15, Columbia earned the victory by winning the doubles point and three singles matches.
Lin toppled Dias in the top singles match, coming back from one set down, while
teammates Schnur and Dragos Ignat won their respective singles matches.