ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 62 Columbia women’s tennis team made a bold statement in its Ivy League Opener Saturday, shutting out the No. 64 Cornell Big Red on its home court, 7-0, Saturday afternoon.
Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya, the 38th-ranked doubles team in the nation, posted Columbia’s first win with a 8-2 downing of Lauren Frazier and Sarah O’Neil. Ioana Alecsiu and Tiana Takenaga clinched the doubles point for the Lions, edging Christy Kung and Ryann Young in the No. 3 match, 9-7.
The wins kept coming in singles, beginning with Takenaga. Taking on Frazier in the No. 6 match, Takenaga swept the contest, 6-0, 6-0, to give Columbia a 2-0 advantage. Sanon notched her second win of the day next, topping Young in two sets, 7-6, 6-4.
Cornell’s Christine Ordway forced a third set in the No. 2 match against Vaidya, but Columbia’s stellar first-year player took the decisive set, 6-2, to seal the team win for Columbia. Crystal Leung concluded her match next for the fifth team point, defeating Dena Tanenbaum, 7-6, 7-5. No. 69 Nicole Bartnik topped O’Neil in the No. 1 match in a third-set tie-breaker, while Alecsiu concluded the match with a three-set downing of Laila Judeh.
The Lions will host Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The Crimson will visit New York City on Friday for a 2 p.m. match, while the Big Green take the courts against the Lions Saturday at the same time.
No. 62 COLUMBIA 7, No. 64 CORNELL 0
at Reis Tennis Center; Ithaca, N.Y.
1. No. 69 Nicole Bartnik (Col) def. Sarah O’Neil, 7-5, 6-7, (10-2)
2. Kanika Vaidya (Col) def. Christine Ordway, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
3. Bianca Sanon (Col) def. Ryann Young, 7-6, 6-4
4. Crystal Leung (Col) def. Dena Tanenbaum, 7-6, 7-5
5. Alecsiu (Col) def. Laila Judeh, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6. Takenaga (Col) def. Lauren Frazier, 6-0, 6-0
1. No. 38 Sanon/Vaidya (Col) def. Frazier/O’Neil, 8-2
2. Ordway/Tanenbaum (Cor) vs. Bartnik/Leung, 6-6 (DNF)
3. Alecsiu/Takenaga (Col) def. Christy Kung/Young, 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3), Singles (6,3,2,4,1,5)
Records: Columbia 8-4, Cornell 11-1.